Pakistani footballer, Karishma Ali, who hails from a remote village in Chitral Valley, has made it to the Forbes’ 30 under 30′ in Asia.
The 21-year-old has already achieved much, as she is the first woman from her region to have played football at a national and international level. Now she has her sights on making a difference to the state of women and girls in the patriarchal region where she grew up.
“Things are hard for girls here, especially to have a different dream or to do something outside of what society expects you to do,” she told during an interview to CNN Sport.
Karishma is also the founder of Chitral Women’s Sports Club, which is temporarily closed due to COVID-19. The sports club encourages girls in the region to play football and there are hopes an exchange program will soon be organized for the girls to attend a football camp in Islamabad.
Celebrating her achievement, the sport-star took to Twitter to praise her pillar of strength, her father:
Baba, look how far we’ve come 🥺 https://t.co/dK5ZEATu3v
— karishma Ali (@karishmaAli22) October 9, 2020
Karishma made it to Vogue when she walked the ramp for Italian designer Stella Jean at the Milan Fashion Week for her collection, A Laboratory of Nations. Later, she walked for the same collection when it was showcased at the Fashion Pakistan Week.
Heartiest congratulations to Karishma and her family!