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Maria Toorpakai Wazir

Founder & President of the Maria Toopakai Foundation; Pakistan's Top Female Squash Player; Advocate for Women's Rights & Using Sports to Inspire Change

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 Maria Toorpakai Wazir Biography

Maria Toorpakai Wazir hails from South Waziristan, along the Pakistan Afghanistan border. This area is known as the most dangerous place on earth and the birthplace of the Taliban. Due to the centuries old ultra-conservative norms, girls/women have been suffering from the worst of human rights’ conditions. Girls here are bought & sold into marriages at young ages & have no right to decide for their lives but despite these disadvantages, Maria became Pakistan’s top female squash player and turned professional in 2006.

She started her journey of rebellion for equal rights at age 4 ⅕ by burning her girly clothes/dresses and cut her hair. She is trailblazer in her native Pakistan, she fought against gender barricades inflicted on her by the so called Islamic & cultural beliefs and posed as a boy using the name Genghis Khan to compete in sports in her younger days. Due to her audacious and outspoken nature, she got death threats from the Taliban in 2007 & so she locked herself in her house for 3 years.

She continued to train in her bedroom while sending out thousands of emails around the world to sports academies in order to train & compete with peace of mind. She escaped her country in 2011 to Canada. Her passion for Sports and her quest for equality & liberty continued. Athletic competition gave Maria her platform to learn about the world and channel her abundant energy in a positive direction, and she hopes to inspire young women to seek empowerment through athletic competition, particularly in conservative cultures through community engagement and mentorship.

Coming from violent & war affected area, she truly believes in the power of sports to combat negativity, extremism and violence. She uses sport as the medium for change.

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Maria Toorpakai Wazir

Founder & President of the Maria Toopakai Foundation; Pakistan's Top Female Squash Player; Advocate for Women's Rights & Using Sports to Inspire Change

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Maria Toorpakai Wazir Biography

Maria Toorpakai Wazir hails from South Waziristan, along the Pakistan Afghanistan border. This area is known as the most dangerous place on earth and the birthplace of the Taliban. Due to the centuries old ultra-conservative norms, girls/women have been suffering from the worst of human rights’ conditions. Girls here are bought & sold into marriages at young ages & have no right to decide for their lives but despite these disadvantages, Maria became Pakistan’s top female squash player and turned professional in 2006.

She started her journey of rebellion for equal rights at age 4 ⅕ by burning her girly clothes/dresses and cut her hair. She is trailblazer in her native Pakistan, she fought against gender barricades inflicted on her by the so called Islamic & cultural beliefs and posed as a boy using the name Genghis Khan to compete in sports in her younger days. Due to her audacious and outspoken nature, she got death threats from the Taliban in 2007 & so she locked herself in her house for 3 years.

She continued to train in her bedroom while sending out thousands of emails around the world to sports academies in order to train & compete with peace of mind. She escaped her country in 2011 to Canada. Her passion for Sports and her quest for equality & liberty continued. Athletic competition gave Maria her platform to learn about the world and channel her abundant energy in a positive direction, and she hopes to inspire young women to seek empowerment through athletic competition, particularly in conservative cultures through community engagement and mentorship.

Coming from violent & war affected area, she truly believes in the power of sports to combat negativity, extremism and violence. She uses sport as the medium for change.

Maria Toorpakai Wazir Videos

  • Maria Wazir: Squashing the Taliban | The Economist
    Maria Wazir grew up in a Taliban stronghold. Girls were not allowed to play outside, let alone participate in sports. But she was not like other...
  • MARIA TOORPAKAI WAZIR | HIDING FROM THE TALIBAN IN PLAIN SIGHT | 2017
    When Maria Toorpakai was just four years old, she lit her dresses on fire and claimed a new name: Genghis Khan. After competing as a boy in...
  • Wilma Rudolph Courage Acceptance - Maria Toorpakai Wazir
    On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, the Women's Sports Foundation hosted the 37th Annual Salute to Women in Sports at Cipriani Wall Street in New York...

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  • How to book Maria Toorpakai Wazir?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Maria Toorpakai Wazir for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Maria Toorpakai Wazir, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Maria Toorpakai Wazir or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Maria Toorpakai Wazir?

    Booking fees for Maria Toorpakai Wazir, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Maria Toorpakai Wazir, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Maria Toorpakai Wazir?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Maria Toorpakai Wazir for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Maria Toorpakai Wazir for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Maria Toorpakai Wazir or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Maria Toorpakai Wazir or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Maria Toorpakai Wazir is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Maria Toorpakai Wazir for your event is available upon request. Maria Toorpakai Wazir generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Aly Raisman, Dominique Dawes, Sarah Reinertsen, Sydney Leroux and Natasha Mwansa. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Maria Toorpakai Wazir for an upcoming event.

Maria Toorpakai Wazir Speaker Videos

  • Maria Wazir: Squashing the Taliban | The Economist
    Maria Wazir grew up in a Taliban stronghold. Girls were not allowed to play outside, let alone participate in sports. But she was not like other girls. By changing her name and burning her dresses...
    MARIA TOORPAKAI WAZIR | HIDING FROM THE TALIBAN IN PLAIN SIGHT | 2017
    When Maria Toorpakai was just four years old, she lit her dresses on fire and claimed a new name: Genghis Khan. After competing as a boy in weightlifting and squash for most of her childhood, Maria's...
  • Wilma Rudolph Courage Acceptance - Maria Toorpakai Wazir
    On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, the Women's Sports Foundation hosted the 37th Annual Salute to Women in Sports at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Professional squash player Maria Toorpakai...
    Maria Toorpakai Wazir in conversation with GIllian Tett
    How a determined Pakistani girl became a squash champion by disguising her gender. She shares details during the 2016 Women in the World Summit in New York City.
  • Squashing Extremism: Maria Toorpakai Wazir at TEDxTeen
    Born November 22, 1990 in South Waziristan, the tribal Pashtun region bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan, Maria Toorpakai Wazir's options as a young girl were severely limited and determined solely...

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