Facing Extremism Through Sport in Pakistan

Maria Toorpakai Wazir, Professional Squash Player

We will live stream this program at 12:10 p.m. CT

Maria Toorpakai Wazir is ranked among the top female squash players in the world. Growing up in a Taliban stronghold in Northern Pakistan, where girls are not expected to play sports or even attend school, Toorpakai Wazir became one of Pakistan’s top female athletes. Her international presence has brought awareness to gender inequality in tribal areas of Pakistan and helped to increase female participation in sports. Join the Chicago Council and Maria Toorpakai Wazir to hear how she overcame threats from the Taliban and is empowering younger generations to build stronger communities in her native country.

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