This woman is Pakistan’s first trans news anchor.
Marvia Malik just started her new job at Kohenoor News and says she’s received “a very positive response from all over.”
She explained, “I have been encouraged a lot. People have sent best wishes to me for going further and people have sent congratulatory videos to me, which shows that our society wants change.”
Malik says her family disowned her because of her gender identity, but that never stopped her from pursuing her dreams. She worked as a beautician to pay for journalism school and impressed the hiring team at Kohenoor News.
Pakistan was one of the first countries in the world to recognize a third gender. But trans people still face violence and discrimination, especially when it comes to finding a job. This causes many to turn to prostitution for begging.
“I face challenges on a daily basis as there is a lack of acceptance within my family and also a lack of acceptance in society, so the challenges are part of daily life now.” Malik stated.
People around the world are applauding her despite her struggles, and she also plans to expand on her success — which may involve running for office one day or starting an NGO to fight for gender equality.