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Protecting transgender rights: Pakistan is on way to make history

History was made on 23rd March 1940 when Pakistan Resolution passed at Lahore that paved the way for Pakistan creation but on 23rd March 2018, another history was revived for the better and prosper Pakistan when the first and only transgender anchor person made her first appearance on primetime TV screens to present a news show all over Pakistan and broke all the stereotypes.

Marvia Malik, a 21-year-old model and journalist, hosted her first programme on the Kohinoor network. Her television unveiling went viral on Twitter and Facebook, and her hiring was highly acclaimed by social media users across the world as a positive development in the country which is considered conservative for the equal gender rights. However, although Marvia Malik thinks that there's very much more work to be done.

Marvia was also the first transgender to walk the ramp during the annual Pakistan Fashion Design Council (PFDC) fashion show this month. As soon as her first video went viral, she received massive support and appreciation from the celebrities around the world for bringing prominence to transgender people in a society in which they are often treated inferior.

Pakistan seems to be gradually heading in a more accepting and progressive direction for their more than 10 thousand transgender community. As stated by daily mail, Supreme Court ruled in 2009 that hijras could get national identity cards as a 'third sex' and last year the government issued its first passport with a transgender category.

Earlier this month, Pakistan's Senate unanimously accepted a bill for the safety of transgender rights, which will safeguard their employment opportunities and easy instalment of loans that means transgender people. Also, the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa gave driving licences to transgender people marked with an X in gender section.

The transgender community was counted in the national census for the first time last year, recording 10,418 in a population of about 207 million although many said this was too low. Charity Trans Action Pakistan estimates there are at least half a million transgender people in the country. Tiny steps like these highlight on how Pakistan is actually progressing towards a tolerant lifestyle for all the sections of the society.


 

 

Nazish Islam - a media graduate with an undying love for chai, books, traveling, series shows, sports, hijab, and of course writing.

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