Gender Interactive Alliance (GIA) is an organization working for the equality and civil rights of transgender people in Pakistan.
Transgender persons do not have the same level of rights as other Pakistanis. They are also routinely harassed, face discrimination, and in some cases are subjected to violence simply for being transgender.
Our aim is to raise awareness of the issues concerning transgender people in Pakistan and cultivate a supportive, empowering and non-judgmental environment for them. We hope to achieve the acceptance of transgender people as equal members of Pakistani society. One of the main objectives of GIA is to advocate and facilitate employment for transgender Pakistanis.
There is a whole spectrum of possible gender identities. We use the term transgender as an adjective and a qualifier to describe people who do not identify with conventional male and female gender roles. This adjective is an umbrella term which covers a wide range of possible identities including, but not limited to, intersexual, transsexual, hijra, khwaja sira, butch, cross-dressers, and transvestites.
Among our foremost projects is to lobby the government of Pakistan for: recognition of transgender people as equal citizens of Pakistan; providing free medical care to transgender people who are routinely denied public healthcare; and enabling entrepreneurship by providing economic opportunities for transgender people who are, by and large, left out of the mainstream economy. We also aim to provide a safe space for these people online so that their stories and experiences are not erased from our collective cultural experience.
1. Social and economic rehabilitation of transgender people in Pakistan.
2. Facilitate employment of transgender people in Pakistan.
3. Achieve social acceptance of transgender people in Pakistan.
4. Protect transgender people from sexual, emotional, physical and mental harassment.
5. Legal acceptance for transgender people in Pakistan.
6. Equality in access to education and healthcare for transgender people in Pakistan.
7. Address stigmas associated with transgender people.