Transgender Economic Empowerment
Transgender Economic Empowerment & Reduce Social Inequalities,
A Pivotal Path To Sustainable Development. Lodhran Pilot Project
Launched Program To Empower Transgender Through Honey Bee
Farming in Lodhran.
Lodhran – (jtnonline news) Keeping up with its legacy of
empowering the vulnerable and marginalized segments of the
society, Lodhran Pilot Project (LPP), under its Livelihood program,
has initiated a beekeeping project where honey bees are farmed to
produce honey on a commercial scale.
Women from Lodhran have experienced earning
This project, in collaboration with WWF Pakistan, goes a step further
and extends support to the most ostracized, discriminated, and
persecuted community in Pakistan, the transgender. 05 transgender
persons and 20 community members including a substantial
number of women from Lodhran have experienced earning for
themselves for the very first time in their lives through this initiative.
program is offering work readiness skills, equal opportunities
Dr. Muhammad Abdul Saboor, the Chief Executive Officer of Lodhran
Pilot Project said that Lodhran Pilot Project’s program is offering
work readiness skills, and equal opportunities of development to
transgender community to help reach economic stability.
WWF Pakistan provided the technical support
Before formal launch of this initiative at field level, this group of
transgender, women and community memberswas registered for a
short course on commercial beekeeping. The course was designed
with a mixture of theoretical knowledge and hands on experience in
apiary bee colonies. WWF Pakistan provided the technical support
for this initiative of Lodhran Pilot Project.
Training on Honeybee Farming on commercial basis
Goshi, Babra, Saman, Sunaina and Guriya are initially 5 members
who have attended the 2 days training from Lodhran Pilot Project
on Honeybee Farming on commercial basis. Goshi is the only
member of the group who has studied till 10th standard.
Failed due to transgender stigma
After passing her matriculation, she acquired computer and typing
skills to find a decent job but failed due to transgender stigma,
harassment and discouraging social attitudes. “We cannot be
thankful enough of LPP for understanding our needs and helping us
to be part of the society. My first earning from this initiative is little
more than 8 thousand rupees. But I am glad that at least I am
earning with dignity”, Goshi shared.
Project to address the prevalence of discrimination
Through this program Lodhran Pilot Project is trying to address the
prevalence of discrimination and social exclusion on the basis of
gender identity. Despite legal protection, transgender community in
Pakistan face social stigma, extreme poverty due to lack of
economic opportunities and violent attacks.
United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals
Socially shunned with zero or limited opportunities of education,
work and access to justice force trans community to live a life of
misery. United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are
guiding principles forthe mission of Lodhran Pilot Project. Therefore,
empowering marginalized segments of society and efforts for
economic equality and social justice remains at the heart of each
project and programme of LPP, said Dr. Abdul Saboor, the CEO of
LPP while explaining the objective of the initiative of honeybee
Decent living stable livelihood
This initiative will contribute to UN’s SDG 1 No Poverty, SDG 2 Zero
Hunger, SDG 5 Gender Equality, SDG 8 Decent Work & Economic
Growth and SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities by enabling transgender
community, women and rural poor to earn a decent living for
themselves and their families and reach a stable livelihood.
All the investment has been done by LPP and WWF
Apart from equipping them with beekeeping skills, LPP has also
helped transgender and women set five honeybee farms. All the
investment has been done by LPP and WWF has buoyed the idea
while providing the technical support. This has enabled them to
start their own business.
Each farm produces 7 to 8 kg of honey
The land for the farm has also been provided by LPP in LPP’s Urban
Forest for the trans group due to non-availability of the specific
space for the honey bee farm at their residence. Every farm has the
capacity to harvest thirty thousand to fifty thousand honeybees and
each farm produces 7 to 8 kg of honey.
LPP aim to expand this idea
This produce is enough to finance the expenditure of one family for
a month. Moreover, these people are being trained to market honey
effectively. We at LPP aim to expand this idea and enable the
economic growth of more transgender individuals with time. But the
batch of five people has set the stage for a better brighter future by
challenging and changing the mindsets of people.
About Lodhran Pilot Project
Lodhran Pilot Project is a non-profit and non-government
organisation striving to create a just society by helping the most
marginalized segments to access equality of opportunity and
participation in the development process since 1999 in different
parts of Pakistan. Lodhran Pilot Project was founded on the footstep
of Orangi Pilot Project, however, today the organisation has
expanded its operations to 10 cities of Pakistan, contributing to
achieve 09 out of 17 Sustainable Development Goals and reaching
over 2 million people through its projects and programmes.
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