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Paving way for better future of transgenders

Honey, a 23-year transgender, says she wants to change her life and live like a normal human being. She is fed up of her current lifestyle and complains that everyone makes fun of her. Honey is receiving training in dressmaking at the Vocational Training Institute (VTI) under the aegis of the Punjab Vocational Training Council (PVTC). He spends four hours daily at the VTI, Greentown Industrial Area, and is happy since he also gets a stipend of Rs2,000 per month .\n

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14th October 2012 00:35

Alessia Valenza

The PVTC pioneered vocational training for transgenders in July with the support of the German Development Agency (GIZ) under its Fund for Innovative Training. As many as 24 transgender are receiving training industrial garments’ stitching. The project is initially launched for two years but the PVTC management hopes that it would be extended. The PVTC set up three state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms for industrial garments’ stitching earlier this year. Besides transgenders, two classes are also held for women.

The PVTC spokesperson says 164 VTIs are working across the province and imparting training to 46,000 people annually. “Besides Lahore, the PVCT is imparting training to transgenders at its VTI at Chunian,” he adds.

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