Pakistan is to make transphobia at work illegal

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Pakistani transgenders carry placards as they rally to mark World Aids Day in Karachi on November 30, 2013. World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1 every year to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and to demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. AFP PHOTO/Asif HASSAN (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan made in illegal to discriminate against people at workplace if they are transgender. The Sindh province, whose seat of government is in Karachi, has drafted a new bill outlawing the workplace transphobia. The bill is based on the federal anti-discrimination law in the country, though it is more inclusive and features transgender people and their rights. Minister for Women Development Shehla Raza said that all employees, male or female, cis and trans, can be abused and harassed at work, and this problem needs to be solved. The following will constitute harassment under the new law: ‘request for sexual favours, sexually demeaning attitude, creating an offensive environment, offering job, promotion, wage increase, training opportunity and transfer from one location to another’. The Secretary for Women Development Baqaullah Unar said ‘people who gaze at their co-workers with staring eyes will also be punished’.

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