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Humaira Bachal

Biography

Humaira is an education advocate striving to change the attitude of people who are against women’s education, despite opposition and threats from many community elders, including her father. Humaira is the first girl child from her family to be educated and began championing this right to education in her hometown, Muwach Goth, a marginalized community on the outskirts of Karachi. At the age of 12, Humaira started classes for underprivileged children in her neighborhood, which later grew into the Dream Model Street School where 1,200 students are currently enrolled. She also founded the Dream Foundation Trust which offers separate adult literacy classes for men and women. Recognized by the Women in the World Foundation as one of five “Bravest Women on Earth,” Humaira convenes community leaders and elders to challenge biases and archaic thinking about women’s education through conversation. She was awarded the 2013 Women of Impact Award at the 4th Annual Women of the World Summit and her efforts attracted the attention of Chime for Change and Madonna, who pledged to support girls’ education in Pakistan. “Humaira: The Dream Catcher”, a documentary film produced by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, captures Humaira’s voice and brings it to the outside world. Through her work in the classroom and in the community, Humaira is tackling Pakistan’s education problem at every level. Looking forward, she hopes to build schools in neighboring communities in addition to inspiring more children, especially girls, to seek education, be empowered, and know their rights so they can defend themselves.

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