Trans-woman Nayab Ali Becomes First-Ever Pakistani Nominee For The GALAS Award

Trans-woman Nayab Ali has become the first-ever Pakistani to be nominated for the GALAS awards.

She has been nominated for the award for her extraordinary work for the welfare of the transgender community in Pakistan. The award ceremony will be held in Dublin, Ireland next month.

The nominees are selected by three leading organizations including Amnesty International, Frontline Defenders and National Ex Foundation. The other nominees for the Outstanding Achievement Awards also includes Syinat Sultanalieve (Kyrgyzstan), Zhanar Sekerbayeva (Kazakhstan) and Gilmara Cunha (Brazil).

Talking to a media outlet, Nayab Ali said that she lived in her grandmother’s house after being expelled by her father. She added that she continued her education living with her grandmother.

Talking about her school and college life, Nayab ali said that she was bullied throughout her student life. She did her BSc (Hons) in Botany from Punjab University and recently completed her Masters in International Relations from Preston University, Islamabad.

Nayab Ali started working for the rights of transgenders at the age of 17. She also became the first-ever trans-woman to participate in the General Election in 2018.

Nayab got as many as 11,000 votes during the election.


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