It is learnt that for the first time in the history of Pakistan, transgender people would be made a part of the team which comprises of more than one hundred and fifty boy scouts that would be sent to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for serving as Khuddamul Hujjaj or volunteers during the Hajj 2018.
Atif Amin Hussain—Commissioner IPC Sindh Boys Scouts while talking to a local newspaper on Saturday informed that the process of sending transgender youth to the Kingdom to serve as Khuddamul Hujjaj is on-going.
A transgender welfare organization—Blue Veins is in coordination with IPC in this initiative.
He added that a minimum of two to three transgender individuals would be chosen from the remaining three provinces for being a part of the scouting community that leaves for the Kingdom every year for the Hajj season.
He told that forty transgender youth from Sindh have recently been administered into the national scouting organization—Pakistan Boy Scouts Association (PBSA). This scouting organization is one of the largest volunteer forces operating in the nation.
The transgender persons would be included in the team of more than one hundred and fifty boy scouts. Commissioner IPC added that last year only hundred boy scouts were sent.
While providing the details regarding the hiring process of the boy scouts Hussain told that the process for being appointed as a Khuddamul Hujjaj includes a test and physical training. After which a list of successful candidates is sent to the Federal Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony by the PBSA for final approval.
This year the list would also be having the names of transgender youth as informed by the IPC Commissioner.
He was of the view that by joining the PBSA the transgender youth would gain confidence, social acceptance, feel secure and would move forward.
Qamar Naseem—Blue Veins Programme Coordinator said that after hiring of forty transgender persons in Sindh we are intending to recruit from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Baluchistan and Punjab.
He added that this initiative could be a game changer and would noticeably improve the social acceptance of transgender youth in our society. And would also provide help the transgender community to improve its image both locally and at the regional level.