Maria Munir chosen as Girls’ Champion for BBC’s 100 Women

Lib Dem member Maria Munir, from Watford, won widespread global respect and admiration when they came out as non binary to President Obama at a town hall meeting in April this year. Let’s remind ourselves of that moment:

They spoke to the BBC here about their experience:

I just felt this moment of euphoria that finally I would be able to raise and highlight the issue that non-binary transgender people face.

If anyone has the power to change things for people like myself across the world, it is President Obama.”

Maria said their family history made the situation even more poignant.

“I started to feel the tears well up. My parents are immigrants. My granddad did manual labour in Pakistan. My dad worked as a manual labourer in Saudi Arabia before coming here to start a business with literally nothing.
“For me, aged 20, to be sat in front of the President of the United States, leader of the free world, to be able to pitch to him social action…

Maria has now been named as one of eight Girls’ Champion as part of the BBC’s 100 Women series. They will be able to use their voice to highlight issues that affect girls and non binary and transgender people.

It’s great to see that one courageous person has had such an impact, raising an important issue on the world stage. Just a few weeks later, President Obama intervened on the discriminatory laws on bathroom use. That intervention may be short-lived, but at least he tried to do something positive.

Those chosen as champions will be visible on social media in the weeks to come. We’ll look out for Maria and report what they have to say.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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2 Comments

  • Good luck and good fortune to Munir, and my goodness, the world is going to feel a much less civilised place without Barack Obama as President.

    PS Good luck and good fortune also to you and to your husband, Caron. You’ve certainly been through the mill.

  • Lorenzo Cherin 30th Nov '16 - 5:07pm

    I would like to second everything David Raw says here, congratulations to Maria Munir , and yes we shall certainly miss President Obama , my mother in law in the states thinks he’s terrific and cannot even look at Trump !

    Good too we can see Caron back in the world of our site again !

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