We at HelloFlo had the incredible opportunity to spend this year’s International Women’s Day with the inspiring Humaira Bachal. This brief video (made by Academy Award winner Sharmeed Obaid Chinoy) explains the amazing work Humaira has done to improve the lives of women and girls in Pakistan.
In 2001 when she was just 13 years-old, Humaira couldn’t accept that girls her age didn’t have a place to go to school. So she took a risk and started her own school, appropriately named The Dream School. She has been working hard to get those in her village and surrounding areas to understand that girls should go to school rather than get married and have children as soon as they hit puberty.
The literacy rate for women in Pakistan is currently at a staggering 26%. With extremely brave, inspired women like Humaira and Malala, it seems there may be hope for a brighter future. Humaira’s passion is amazing: ”It is not just one Malala or one Bachal who has raised a voice to change this situation. There are a lot of other girls who are trying to change things. Even if they kill 100 Humairas, they won’t be able to stop us.”