Pakistan makes history as the first transgender newscaster, Maavia Malik, appears on TV as a News Anchor!
This historic move was made by a local news channel in Pakistan, Kohenoor News. Maavia made her first appearance live on air on 23rd March. And Shiraz Hassan, BBC journalist, was the first person to break this news to the world through his twitter account.
The news soon went viral on internet, with people appreciating the efforts of both Maavia Malik as well as the news channel.
— Shiraz Hassan (@ShirazHassan) March 23, 2018
The local News Channel, Kohenoor News launched almost decade ago. The authorities re-launched it with the news of first transgender presenting the news.
The upper house of Pakistan, the Senate, approved a bill earlier this month. The bill empowers the transgender community in the country.
The provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a province of Pakistan, also made history by issuing driving licenses to the members of transgender community.
According to the provisional results of the national census carried out last year in the country, there are 10,418 transgenders in Pakistan!
Maavia Malik is a popular figure and it’s not the first time that she has managed to break the stereotypes against her community. She is from Lahore, Pakistan, and she is goal-oriented with a strong will to change the destiny of her community.
The trans model is well educated, she has done her bachelors and has applied for masters. Maavia has already made it to the news after she walked for the PFDC Fashion Week in the capital of Punjab, Lahore.
It has been reported that she applied for the job at Kohennor News, when a job opening was advertised three months ago. She claims that she was hired the day she gave the interview.
The news bulletin went viral on social media and had a great response from people all over the world. The Voice of America journalist, Sarah Zaman, also took on twitter to congratulate Pakistan on making the history.
Mubarak Ali, Khyber News journalist, tweeted on how Maavia has made the country proud.
Another user expressed her happiness to see a member of trans community on TV. She believes that this is an exceptional step towards acceptance of transgenders.