Saba Ismail

Founder of Aware Girls, Pakistan

Saba Ismail is a co-founder of Aware Girls, an organization based on the idea of strengthening girls’ voices for bringing prosperity in her community. She firmly believed that change has to come through the younger generation. She has completed her Masters in Biotechnology from COMSATS University Abbot Abad and the Hurford Youth Fellowship with the National Endowment for Democracy in 2013, and has had the honor of speaking at George Mason University and the University of Maryland. She is alumni of the International Visitors Leadership Program in the United States. Her bravery and activism was acknowledged by Foreign Policy Magazine by awarding her as one of its 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013. She is also on the Steering Committee of UNOY and represents Asia in the World Youth Movement for Democracy. She has done research on the role of young women in emerging democracies and is the co-founder of the South Asian Regional Feminists Forum on Women’s Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. She has worked as Youth Ambassador for Asia Pacific Youth Network (APYN: 2012-2013). She became the executive director of Aware Girls in September 2011.