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Students of Welingkar Institute of Management have developed a community centre which will focus on creating work opportunities for the transgender community. According to their research, although transgender people exhibit employable skills, lack of social acceptance and almost no employment opportunities force them into sex work or begging.
Ronak Gandhi, a student who is part of the group that developed the module states, "We discovered that transgender people are eager to be employed and found private companies who have no qualms in hiring them. However, they do not get any applications from this community."This prompted the students to envision a place that would act as a meeting ground for employers and transgender people seeking employment."Although education is very important for certain job profiles for other vocational jobs, only some grooming is required," said Gandhi. However, while companies mention that 'public behaviour' would play an important role in their decision to hire a transgender person, almost 100% of transgender people interviewed categorically stated that they would not give up their identity. "We decided to start a grooming section at the community centre where those interested can be groomed to help them land a job," said Gandhi.Based on a social entrepreneurship model, the centre will be profit-oriented. "The profits will be used to create more centres so that more transgender people can make use of this facility," said Gandhi.The current centre is being operated by those in the transgender community. The business module has won at the Mumbai region level in the international Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) competition.
Courtesy: DNA India
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