Transgenders cannot give birth to children but the kindest thing they can do is take well care of pregnant women and infants. In the year 2017, after 4 meetings with the executive members of Armaan NGO, Pahal collaborated and brought an opportunity for the transgenders for work in such field which gave them the utmost happiness and pleasure. Project mMitra was a scheme introduced by humans of Armaan NGO for helping such women. mMitra was not only a scheme, it ended up becoming a friend and companion that guided pregnant women as well as their families about pregnancy. It was also very helpful for transgenders as they get to interact with a lot of pregnant women, maybe they could not feel the wonderful feeling of what it is to be pregnant, but they could see and overwhelm the moments of motherhood. Four transgenders were associated with this scheme, they traveled to all possible urban slums in Delhi and nearby to enroll pregnant women who could access this scheme to know appropriate information.
Personal or professional, every give and take relationship starts with belief. Following the same ideology, Pahal Welfare Society didn’t rush for transgenders empowerment and entrepreneurship. To testify the response of customers, three transgenders get involved with Pahal and started the play off. Deepa (a transwoman) was given a responsibility of selling Momos in street sides. They ask the person who used to sit with steamed Momos, and his Momos were always loved by the consumers.
Financial inclusion is where every individual has access to beneficial and reasonable economic products and services. Although men and women have this opportunity to access to such economic services, but transgenders didn’t have. So far till April 2018, Supreme Court passed the judgment that Pan card will include third gender option, transgenders didn’t have PAN Cards. Earlier Pahal Welfare Society made 390 transgenders access to Aadhar card, and then many of the transgenders found difficulties towards making PAN Card. Since not having PAN cards, they could not link their PAN cards with their bank accounts.
Before this, Pahal Welfare Society gave them the right to vote, they also spread their word of humanity, which sensitized everyone not to humiliate transgender. But that was not enough, the journey is just started. In the year of 2014, Pahal welfare had to come across a lot of struggle, arguments, and not so small talk with DM of East Delhi. Mr Shukla and Mr Pradeep used to go to DM’s office, and it was not easy to do what was not even think of done before. Many times, they were snubbed by the office members. But, they didn’t lose hope, after around 6 major and some minor meetings of advocacy with DM of East Delhi they got the permission for giving the transgenders the right to hold Aadhar Card. Not one, two, fifty or hundred, but 390 transgenders get their Aadhar card by this advocacy by Pahal Welfare
After giving the voting rights to transgenders, Pahal Welfare Society thought that along with the fundamental rights it is important to include them socially. Hence, they decided to organize a workshop which sensitized Delhi police, and other persons, this workshop was headed by Ms Sarita Shukla and Mr Pradeep Kumar. Their agenda behind organizing this workshop was to let people know that till the date transgenders are completely accepted to our society we should let them work peacefully. Before a few weeks of workshop transgenders had this complain that people tease them during begging money at traffic intersections, even police used to trouble them for commission. Transgenders are poorly combined into our society, we often treat them with disdain, outcast them from our community without knowing that what is so different about them from us?
Transgenders always seek acceptance and society shows them their back as many times as transgenders have shown up. Imagine, you have started late from home today, you were stuck in traffic, already running late and a group of Transgenders stop you. They stop you not to beg of you, not to force you to give them money, but to stand for you. They stopped you for a social cause, cause of Road Safety Campaign. What would be your reaction? Would you stop? Or like always you would fly off at a tangent?
Pahal- Nurturing Lives came up with the idea of Indian Classical Dance Performance by few transgenders. Their exhilarating performance left everyone’s heart with so much love and acceptance for transgenders. That day they felt complete, not because the audience fulfilled the negated life but, because they accepted them completely.
One of the fundamental rights of every citizen is voting, it is an advantage for people living in an independent country. The importance of voter ID card is not only voting, but it holds individual opinion and identity. You and I feel miserable, while we have career issues, compatibility, comfortability issues and what not, we can’t even imagine how much despondent state it is when they go through ‘Identity Crises.’ Every Transgender goes through identity crises, the survey says most of the transgender community get to feel about their gender at the age of 10-12, when they cannot decide what is their identity and when they finally could feel it, they didn’t get the courage to tell about it to the world because they know that the society won’t accept them. Pahal welfare Society has not even understood them, known them, recognize them, but also has given them the right to vote in the year of 2013, before the supreme court passed the judgement that ‘transgenders should also get their voter ID cards based on third gender.’ Pahal did it without any legal documents. All the transgenders verified themselves, and with the help of Advocacy of election commission the project of making 190 voter ID cards of transgenders was successful.
Society’s harsh climate towards children who are going through gender crises can be tolerated once, only when they get support by their family. Family stands by you, for you no matter what, every child expects the same from his/her family, but when it comes to transgenders, nobody tends to accept them or understand them, and nobody includes their family. Most of the families do not understand their children and henceforth do not accept them, most of them do not even listen to them when their children try to explain what they are going through. When they eyewitnessed it for the first time, that their boys start behaving in ways that are painstaking womanly or inappropriate to the expected gender part. They think that their children are in bad company. It is a phase and it will be gone gradually.
Ever Since transgenders can remember, they felt ignored and isolated from the rest of the society. Before it was an issue of identity cards, Aadhar card, Pan Card and now it is gas connections. We can only think of their empowerment when they are at normal scale, Pahal Welfare Society had faced a lot of obligation, before talking about social acceptance they thought to give transwomen the right to exercise the facilities which other people from society get to exercise. While advocating for giving gas connections to every transwoman, they had to meet Gas connection Agency manager repeatedly. After in and around four official meetings of advocacy with the manager, he agrees to give thirty transwomen gas cylinders based on their own documents. In the year of 2015, thirty transgenders get their Gas Connections.
So, it started with all heart, audience thought lots of drama is going to come out of this event, but the organisers and the mains of this event ‘Sayog Meytri’ knew at the end of the day, this event is going to melt everyone’s heart. Something exactly same happened, in fact, everyone out there in Raja Ram Mohan Rao Auditorium lost their control over their hearts, their feelings were mixed – happiness, gloomy, excitement, curious and what not. They all knew their hearts need to be settled, but they could not find a way.