Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday appointed Apsara Reddy as the national general secretary of its women wing — All India Mahila Congress (AIMC). Now, she is becomes the first transgender woman to be an office-bearer of the party.

The journalist-turned-politician was appointed to the post by Congress President Rahul Gandhi in the presence of Lok Sabha MP and AIMC President Sushmita Dev. Apsara Reddy is an advocate of transgender’s rights.

Apsara was earlier with the ruling party Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) and the AIADMK. She left them and ultimately joined Congress. On her appointment as the national general secretary, she said that,

“I will campaign vociferously against the fascist BJP dictatorship that drives a coloured agenda that reduces people to what they eat, how they pray and how they love. I will work towards women’s economic empowerment, against social injustices and helping women find their human rights.”

Here are some facts about Apsara Reddy that you never knew before:

1) She is a well-known journalist and activist.

2) Completed her graduation in Journalism and MA in broadcasting.

3) She has been associated with BBC World service, The Hindu, New Indian Express and Deccan Chronicle.

4) In the year 2016, she had joined All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).

5) She has also spoken on some high-profile platforms such as the European Parliament Session in Madrid.