Pakistan’s Human Rights Minister Dr Shireen Mazari has appointed a transgender woman to her department. “Welcomed our first transgender Ayesha Moghul who is going to work in the [Ministry of Human Rights] as a resource person – Thank you,” she wrote on Twitter on May 30. The move was widely praised in the replies. One Twitter user declared that it was a “great step,” while another said the move was “highly appreciated,” because it is the first time in history of Pakistan when a trans woman i9s appoint4ed to the ministry. T he decision to appoint a transgender woman in the Ministry of Human Rights is a significant one as Pakistan lags behind other countries on LGBT+ rights and public acceptance. Despite this, things improved for transgender people in the country last year when the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights Act) was passed The law allows people to self-identify as male, female or non-binary in their identity documents.