Marvia Malik, 21, who has also worked as a model is a journalism graduate, talking to BBC Urdu the transgender revealed that the moment she was offered a job offer letter by a Pakistani news channel moved Malik to tears. And now Marvia has become country's first transgender TV newsreader. Marvia who had to take a three months long training programme anchored her first show on private broadcaster Kohenoor TV on last Friday. It is not new that also in Pakistan like various other nations Transgenders face discrimination and lot many struggles to earn two-time bread. Transgenders around the world are not only forced into begging, dancing but are also pushed into the dark corners of prostitution. Malik told the BBC that she just could not stop herself from screaming with joy as soon as she learned about her new job;
The dream that I saw for myself, I was able to climb on the first stair to achieving it.Malik also hopes her work would help improve the lives of Pakistan's transgender community.
Our community should be treated equally and there must not be any gender discrimination. We should be given equal rights and be considered ordinary citizens, (not as) the third gender.The owner of Kohenoor, Junaid Ansari, has also stated to Voice Of America that Malik was selected on merit, not on gender issues. Even earlier this month, Pakistan's Senate had voted to support a bill protecting the rights of transgender people and allowing them to determine their own gender identity.