Pakistani transgender activist Nayyab awarded Franco-German prize for human rights

Nayyab Ali wins Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law for her incredible services

Pakistani transgender activist has been awarded the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law as an acknowledgment of her tremendous efforts to defend the rights of the transgender community in Pakistani society.

The award was jointly presented the German Ambassador, Bernhard Schlagheck, and French Ambassador, Marc Baréty, at a ceremony hosted by the German Embassy in Islamabad to mark the Human Rights Day on December 10.

The award pays tribute to her “inspiring engagement in favor of the rights of the members of her community and of vulnerable women and children” the embassy statement said.

The award for top human rights defenders is a symbol of the common values carried by Germany and France and an illustration of their joint commitment to the protection and promotion of human rights.

The protection of Human rights is one of the overarching objectives of France’s and Germany’s external action, jointly with the European Union, which also reflectsin the European Union’s “Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP+)”, granting third countries preferential trade access to the EU market with the condition of implementing a series of international conventions. Pakistan and Pakistani people have been the beneficiary of the European Union’s GSP+ since 2014.

Nayyab Ali – an inspirational activist

Nayyab Ali is a renowned activist and researcher working on gender and minority inclusion issues. She has also build capacity for law enforcement agencies’ and senzitized them across Pakistan and for tackling the political, institutional and social challenges of the transgender community.

Her expertise and dedication have led her to become the national coordinator of All Pakistan Transgender Election Network, an active member of the special committee formed for the review of the bill which became the Pakistan Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act 2018 and also to create the first school for Okara’s transgender community.

Salma Khan
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