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Pakistan’s first trans news anchor has just delivered her first bulletin

Pakistan’s first trans news anchor has just delivered her first bulletin

marvia malik sits at a news desk delivering the news live to air

Pakistan’s first trans news anchor delivered her first broadcast over the weekend.

Marvia Malik – not Maavia as some outlets have reported – went to air on the Lahore based, Kohenoor News, on Saturday 24 March.

Kohenoor News relaunched its service on Friday (23 March) and became the first news outlet to hire a trans news anchor.

Malik delivered the news shortly after making history on the catwalk as a model Pakistan Fashion Design Council fashion week in Lahore.

Marvia has lots of career options but whatever she chooses, she wants to make sure she is making a positive difference in the lives of trans people.

‘I have several modelling offers that I’m considering, but I want to do something for my community that I feel is way behind,’ Malik told Images.

‘So I want to strengthen my people. Everywhere we go, a transgender person is looked down upon.

‘But there’s nothing we can’t do; we’re educated, have degrees, but no opportunities, no encouragement. This is what I want to change.’

Already opening doors

Malik went through the intense recruitment process for the news anchor position. But she made sure to use her platform to bring in other trans people to the network.

Kohenoor News CEO, Junaid Mahmood Ansari, confirmed they hired a trans person to work at the copy editing desk.

‘I want to use this platform to work for people’s problems and society at large. There’s a lot much more to this campaign than the hiring of transgenders,’ Ansari said.

‘We want to take this forward and set an example. And we hope other channels and organisations follow suit not just for ratings, but genuinely accept and help this community and other underprivileged sections of society.’

Pakistan’s trans community

Pakistan’s relationship with its trans community is complicated.

While historically trans people were very accepted in society, they face a lot of violence and discrimination.

But a revised Transgender Bill protecting their rights is likely to become law in the coming weeks.