The Birth of the Khuwajasira Culture in Pakistan

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Who are Transgender or Khuwajasiras? They are HUMAN. Yes! HUMANS LIKE US.

Khuwajasiras are a distinct feature of Pakistan’s transgender community. They may sometimes be seen as bringer of good fortune, but they may also be considered outcasts. They are asked to dance in the home during wedding rituals or the birth of a child; afterwards, they are sent to the streets to beg. To read about Violence against Khuwajasira Click Here!

Moreover, People who self-identify as belonging to a gender that is different from the one they were given at birth are referred to as transgender in the western world. However, the term “transgender” is often used in Pakistan to describe to people who are intersex.  Intersex people are people who are born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that does not fall into the binary categories of male or female. There are a lot of people that ignore the intersex group and do not pay attention to the terminology.

However, what are the social, political, and religious circumstances like for the transgender people in a developing nation?

The intersex or Khuwajasira the population in Pakistan has gained optimism over the past several years, despite the modest progress that has been made toward their rights.

There have been some positive developments for transgender persons as well,

They may now choose whether to identify as male or female when applying for government identity cards or participating in the census, a beautiful transgender model was featured on the cover of a well-known publication. Nisha Rao, in 2020, she became the first transgender law graduate in Pakistan,

In addition, Sara Gill is recognized as Pakistan’s first transgender Doctor and activist.


These victories have a great deal of importance for a community that still has a very long way to go.

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Nismah Naveed Bhatti
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