Julie has grown into a respected leader and advocate on trans rights and health, not just regionally, but nationally and internationally. She regularly addresses the inequality and violence that too often and overwhelmingly impact this community. Here she is seen speaking with the Human Rights Minister of Pakistan, Shireen Mazari (top right), about the inclusion of trans children into future seminars. Last year she was invited to speak at the UN headquarters during the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development.
In 2020, Julie will support FDi in engaging with the Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)’s review of the situation for women and girls in Pakistan. Together with partners, they are calling on the Pakistani Government to take decisive action in addressing the many obstacles transgender women and girls face in accessing SRH services.
Julie’s perseverance for justice and her charisma are unquestionably contributing to the advancement and awareness of transgender rights globally. Unfortunately, her daily struggles as a trans woman in Pakistan are not unique. Yet her spirit and her battles against these injustices are extraordinary and this is undoubtably only the beginning of her story.