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First female transgender represents Pakistan at UN forum

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Aisha Mughal representing Pakistan at the UN Convention to end all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) at Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday. Credit: MoHR

Aisha Mughal is part of the team at the United Nations’ Convention to end all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). She is the focal person at the human rights ministry.

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Aisha Mughal has become the first female transgender to officially represent Pakistan at a United Nations forum. She is a part of the national delegation at the UN’s Convention to end all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

Pakistan has become the first country in the world to include a transgender woman in its national delegation at the UN CEDAW Committee in Geneva, Switzerland.

Ministry of Human Rights shared her picture with the delegation in Geneva, Switzerland on its Twitter account. Meanwhile, Pakistan is also the first country in the world to include a female transgender in its national delegation at CEDAW.

Ms Mughal is the transgender rights defender and the focal person at the ministry. She has been passionately working to ensure equal and safe public space for this section of society.

She was also present at the workshop held recently in Islamabad to present the draft guidelines for police engagement with transgender persons to the representatives of the police department.

“Keeping in line with international best practices, these guidelines chart out the appropriate treatment of transgender persons who encounter police officials,” she said while addressing the workshop.

An M.Phil in Human Resource Management from COMSATS Islamabad, she is the first transgender in the visiting faculty at Quaid-i-Azam University. She has taught at the varsity for a year.

Read more: Rights of Transgenders in Pakistan

In her early interview with Gulf News, Aisha Mughal said, usually, people from the most neglected and exploited community are associated with dancing, sex work, and criminal activities but things are changing now and they are actively seeking reputable status in the society.

“We have a transgender TV anchor, a transgender employee in National Database And Regulatory Authority (NADRA), a makeup artist in a TV channel and many other shining examples,” said Ms Mughal.

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