Maria Toorpakai Wazir

Maria Toorpakai Wazir


Maria Toorpakai Foundation

Maria Toorpakai Wazir is an award winning professional Pakistani Squash Champion and leading visionary for global peace. In May 2016, Maria published her memoir, “A Different Kind of Daughter: The Girl Who Hid from the Taliban in Plain Sight“.  Her documentary, “Girl Unbound: The War to be Her” world premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF.)  Maria has been featured on CNN, PBS, BBC, HBO, FOX and many more either in film or interview. Maria has spoken on multiple prestigious stages including the United Nations, Harvard Club, Women in the World Conference, Oslo Freedom Forum, MISK Global Forum, etc. Maria is the first Pakistani female athlete to be on the Women in Sports Commission of the International Olympic Committee.  

As a top ranked squash player, she came form a region of the world where girls were not allowed to participate in sports.  From a young age, she disguised herself as a boy so she could pursue her dream of participating in competitive sports.

Maria’s quest for equality and liberty continues through her passion for sports. Maria inspires young women to seek empowerment through athletic competition, particularly in conservative cultures through community engagement and mentorship. Through founding the Maria Toorpakai Foundation (MTF), Maria partners with like-minded global leaders in assisting women and young girls in sports, education, health and wellness.

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