The Pakistani sports woman who had to dress as a boy to compete
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National champion had to dress as boy

Maria Toorpakai was raised in tribal South Waziristan, Pakistan.

From a young age she refused to fit into the mould of what was expected of her as a girl.

In order to realise her dreams as a sportswoman she had to dress as a boy so she could compete.

A new film, Girl Unbound, documents her journey, including the threats from the local Taliban and her travels to Canada.

(Photo: Maria Toorpakai on the squash court. Credit: Human Rights Film Festival)

  • 15 Mar 2017
  • From the section Asia