11/15/2011 06:11 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

Pakistan Transgender Voting Rights Approved (VIDEO)

The Pakistani transgender community celebrated a huge victory this week as the Supreme Court ordered the federal government to register them as voters.

"We're all happy that the Supreme Court has taken some notice of us," one of the country's 80,000 transgender citizens told the BBC. "Now the government should implement it immediately."

As the BBC reports, transgender Pakistanis, known locally as "hijras," have been campaigning for equal rights for years, but it was only last year the government officially recognized a separate gender for them.