It took bare Epitome over a year to find the perfect faces. Faces who have shown strength, commitment and power to dream. Faces that are motivating and inspiring thousands. Faces that are revolutionizing women football in Pakistan. Less known compared to other celebrities but they are working day in and day out for the betterment of women in Pakistan, embracing the true essence of empowerment.
bare Epitome is proud to present, our faces of the year, the founders of the Gilgit Baltistan Women’s Football League Karishma Inayat and Sumaira Inayat!
The sisters that have taken Pakistan and the world of Football by storm!
Karishma and Sumaira Inayat hail from small village called Shimshal in Hunza Valley, Pakistan. Though they have left the village for Lahore, they maintain a strong affinity with the area and its residents.
Karishma started playing football in 2012, except it was not her first choice. “I was not that interested in football. I was more interested in cricket but in Pakistan girls do not have much opportunity to get to a good level so my father took me and my two sisters to a football ground.”
Her father told them that, if they worked hard, they could represent their country one day. So work hard they did. “We played for two or three clubs before joining a national-level club. We played so many national-level games for them and then in 2016 me and my sisters went to Dubai to represent Pakistan in the Jubilee Games.”
Read more about Inayat sisters journey from not wanting to play football to setting up Al-Shams Women Football club where they are overwhelmed with the response here