And here is the good news straight from Pakistan. In a rare but progressive move, Kohenoor News — a private television channel – posted a transgender person as a news anchor making history.
This local broadcaster created history by hiring a transgender woman as their news caster. This made a historic event for the first time in Pakistan, said a senior journalist on Twitter on Sunday.
The journalist was later identified as Maavia Malik. Shiraz Hassan, a Journalist in BBC, wrote “Pakistan’s first transgender news caster on screen now-Maavia Malik” on Twitter without giving out any further details.
#Pakistan first transgender news caster on screen now – Maavia Malik pic.twitter.com/uXJipyrEfL
— Shiraz Hassan (@ShirazHassan) March 23, 2018
The newscaster Maavia recently came in the limelight when walked the ramp as a showstopper for a designer Hamza Bokhari at PFDC Fashion Week.
As soon as the news anchor went on-air, the news in time went viral on social media. Appreciations and praises to the media house are pouring in since then.
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In latest, Eearlier this month, Pakistan’s Senate, the upper house of country’s parliament, recently approved a revolutionised bill that guarantees the protection of transgender persons in the country. The bill is introduced to ensure the third gender’s protection against sexual and physical assaults and harassment, empowering them to determine their own gender identity, according to The Nation.Com.
Even few senior blogger and a female TV anchor expressed best wishes for her:
Wahh…that's really nice and impressive.
— Netra Parikh (@Netra) March 24, 2018
Pakistan’s (world's?) first ever transgender news anchor! pic.twitter.com/irfCUMDVLP
— Shamila Ghyas (@ShamilaGhyas) March 24, 2018
Statics shows a drastic number of Country’s transgender population. According to the census carried out last year, the conservative nation stands at 10,418 — 0.005 percent of the total population of over 207 million.
Here are some of the reactions applauding the transgender person’s appearance on-air:
MashaAllah great move.we must give and provide equal opportunities for them rather they will bagging dancing of the road.They deserve education and to be respected as well. Bravo to this news channel.
— Dr Mehmood Riaz Gill (@drgills73) March 24, 2018
They are humans too… If they want to spend their life with respect, we should appreciate rather than make fun of them…
— ☘ (@_khadeejah___) March 24, 2018
Good step in right direction. They are human being they have equal rights.
— Zarrar (@ZararSSg001) March 24, 2018
Last year a court declared transgender people to be counted in the national census for the first time. The change is evident, indeed!
Feature Image Credit: Shiraz Hassan/Twitter
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