FUUAST holds dialogue on Transgender Act at Abdul Haq Campus

The Urdu Department of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) Abdul Haq Campus, organized a dialogue on the Transgender Act, with the President of the Urdu Department Dr Yasmin Sultana in the chair, on Wednesday. Representative of the Transgender Committee Ms Shahzadi Rai was the chief guest on the occasion.

Dr Maulvi Mahmood Hasan of Madarasa Zahra Academy, Professor Maria Nazar of Muhammad Ali Jinnah University (MAJU), Syeda Sahar Shah Rizvi social media artist, President of Department of International Relations Dr Asghar Dashti, President of Department of Sindhi Dr Seema Abro and other teachers from different departments shared their views on the occasion. Dr Yasmeen Sultana moderate the event and raised various questions regarding Transgender Act.

Dr Mehmood Hasan discussed the history of the word transgender and shared his opinion on this Act. Syeda Sahar Shah Rizvi raised her voice against atrocities on transgenders and expressed the opinions of different people.

Transgender Committee Representative Shahzadi Rai, explaining the interpretation of the Act, strongly supported it and emphasized the need to remove the misconceptions spread in this regard.

Maulana Azhar Hussain Zaidi shed light on some negative aspects of this Act. Dr Asghar Dashti said that transgenders are facing problems, but only through these dialogues and discussions will a solution be found.

The students also asked many questions and actively participated in the dialogue.

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By Arshad Yousafzai

Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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