Humaira Bachal

Teacher, Public Speaker, and Small Business Owner

Humaira Bachal

Teacher, Public Speaker, and Small Business Owner

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I'm an education advocate striving to change the attitude of people who are against women's education, despite opposition and threats from many community elders, violence and extremism. Risking my life daily to teach young girls. I'm first girl child from my family to be educated and began championing this right to education in her home town, Muwach Goth, a marginalized community on the outskirts of Karachi. At the age of 12, Humaira started classes for under privileged children in her neighborhood, which later grew into the Dream Model School where 1,200 students are currently enrolled. I also founded the Dream Foundation Trust Recognized by the Women in the World Foundation as one of five "Bravest Women on Earth", I convenes community leaders & elders to challenge biases & archaic thinking about women's education through conversation. I was awarded the 2013 Women of Impact Award at the 4th Annual Women of the World Foundation's Summit & my efforts attracted attention of Chime for Change and Madonna, who pledged to support girl's education in Pakistan. "Humaira The Dream Catcher", a documentary film produced by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy captures MY voice & brings it to the outside world. Through my work in the class room & in community, I'm tackling Pakistan's education problem at every level. Looking forward I'm hoping to build schools in neighboring communities in addition to inspiring more children, especially girls, to seek education, be empowered & know their rights so they can defend themselves. I'm Advisory Board Member of Chime for change, US-PAK Alumni, Asia 21 Young Leader Class Fellow of 2013, Emerging Leaders of Pakistan class fellow of 2013 & the current featured activist for Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy's film Humaira: The Game Changer produced by Salma Hayek Hollywood actress & philanthropist. I've been selected as Top 50 Finalist for The Global Teacher Prize 2016, CCBPL Savvy & Successful Women Awardee 2015 & Pond's Miracle Women 2015 & LADIESFUND Trailblazer Winner 2016. My work has acquired immense notice by Time Magazine, Forbes, The Economist Magazine & CNN. I received recognition by the CNN correspondent Christiaane Amanpour, Oprah Winfrey, US Ambassador-at-large for global women's issue Catherine Russel, Governor of Sindh, Pakistan Dr. Ishratul Ebad Khan & American starlet & singer Madonna.