On October 12th, VISION conducted a one day police training workshop of 48 police staff which includes 40 males and 8 female police personnel from 15 police stations of Lahore.
The training started with the opening remarks of Assistant Commissioner (AC) of Lahore, who welcomed team VISION and the participants in his remarks, further emphasizing the importance of the training for the participants and resonating the efforts that the Government of Punjab is putting in place for purposes of empowering the transgender populations. Transgender representatives from Lahore observed this workshop and share their feedback.
On October 5th, VISION conducted a one day police training workshop of 24 police personnel from 8 police stations of Mingora city along with 6 Civil Defence officers from 6 posts. The transgender leadership in Swat agreed to observe this workshop and for the first time in the history of Swat; at the end of the workshop, expressed their reservations regarding their experiences, directly to the police participants.
Murree is a popular hill station that people use during summers and winters for holidays. It has been observed over last couple of years that a large number of populations of transgenders can be seen in Murree during both seasons. Thus, VISION decided to sensitize the police force in the city of Murree, on the rights of transgenders as well as the ways of managing the transgender population during the two seasons.
Multan is a large city and in total there are 32 police stations but 9 police stations out of these 32 are the ones that are either covering the neighborhoods where there is relatively larger concentration of transgender population residing OR spaces that the police is closely monitoring as transgender population may be using these spaces for purposes of cruising or begging.
VISION had successfully conducted a one day workshop with the Multan Police on the rights of transgenders. VISION thanks the local administration and the police of Multan for their cooperation.
In previous one and a half year, VISION’s work and its team has helped the policy makers at local level to understand the issues of female transgender populations to formulate a female transgender population sensitive and friendly policy. The Punjab Social Protection Authority (PSPA) has already put together a comprehensive policy document in consultation with VISION and other civil society organizations. It will soon be implementing this policy through its different mechanisms. The other four provinces i.e. Sindh, Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtoon Kha and Gilgit Baltistan may replicate the same policy.
Upon the request of National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR), VISION developed a protocol/manual for sensitizing the police personnel of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) as a pilot for replication purposes along with conducting training sessions based upon the manual for police stations that are monitoring neighborhoods with high concentration of female transgender populations.
In the Islamabad trainings, a total of 135 police personnel from 21 police stations of ICTP were trained in May 2019.