Transgender activist Nayyab Ali was presented the coveted international activism award in absentia this weekend. She had arrived in Dublin to accept the award but fell sick and stayed away out of concern for others. She did, however, record a video thanking the attendees for the award.
Nayyab Ali was among four nominated by Amnesty International, Frontline Defenders, and the International LGBT Action Foundation. The other nominees were from Brazil, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.
Nayyab Ali just made history by being the first transgender Pakistani to register a company with Pakistans Securities and Exchange Commission. This weekend she made history again by being the first transgender person to be nominated for and win this prestigious award.
Nayyab Ali is a transgender rights defender and Chairperson of the All Pakistan Transgender Election Network. She also manages the ‘Khawaja Sira Community Centre’ in Okara, which offers a basic literacy and numeracy programme, vocational training, life skills education and driving classes for the transgender community. In 2018, Nayyab was one of the four transgender candidates who ran for Pakistan’s general elections. Nayyab has also been leading the advocacy efforts for the approval of Pakistan’s National Transgender Rights Protection Policy.
Among other accomplishments Nayyab Ali is the CEO of Pakistan’s First Transgender School Okara, Consultant at United Nations Development Programme – UNDP, Co-chair at Ending Violence Against Women/ Girls Alliance – EVAWG, the National Coordinator of the All Pakistan Transgender Election Network ( APTEN).