NCW organizes Consultation on 'Inclusion Amplified, Transwomen in India: Problems & Prospects'


New Delhi.

Asal Baat News.

The National Commission for Women organized its first-ever Consultation for transwomen; 'Inclusion Amplified, Transwomen in India: Problems & Prospects' to address the misconceptions leading to stigma attached with the individuals of the community and spark a conversation with regard to their acceptance and participation in the society.

Through this Consultation, the Commission sought to offer a broad platform to academicians, researchers, social activists, policy makers, civil society members, and trans-women themselves to analyze problems which they face in various arenas and to discuss future directions and policy proposals for the welfare of trans-women.

Ms Rekha Sharma, Chairperson, National Commission for Women, Ms Meeta Rajivlochan, Member Secretary, NCW, Ms Radhika Chakravarthy, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Asholi Chalai, Joint Secretary, NCW and senior officials of the Commission graced the occasion. Stakeholders and representatives from organizations working for the trans-women community, officials from police, NALSA, DLSA and individuals identifying themselves as trans-women participated in the Consultation. Some of the organisations that joined today’s deliberation were Sahodari Foundation, Humsafar Trust, Mahila Jagrut Sevabhavi Sanstha, Trans Care India, NAZ Foundation, Udaan Trust, Alliance India, etc.


In her inaugural address, Chairperson Ms Rekha Sharma said that there are many challenges that a transwoman faces in their families and in the society. "This Consultation is to know more about the problems and challenges faced by the community members. The Constitution gives every citizen the right to live a life of dignity and we have to collectively work towards achieving equality for all. The Commission has been taking up complaints from transwomen and through this Consultation we want to shape the roadmap for redressal of problems faced by them,” said Ms Sharma.



In her address, Ms Radhika Chakravarthy, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment said that the national portal for Transgender persons provides end to end facilities for availing benefits of government schemes launched for the community and only a self disclosed identity document is the requisite condition in this regard. She also spoke about the Garima Greh scheme of the government which aims to provide basic amenities like shelter, food, medical care and recreational facilities for transgender persons.