Maria Toorpakai grew up in Waziristan, which she calls one of the "most dangerous places on earth."
Home to the Taliban, it is a place where girls often don't go to school and extremists denounce women's sports for being un-Islamic. "I could feel that girls are not equally treated as boys. They are enslaved," Toorpakai, who left Pakistan for a new life in Canada, tells CNN. Her childhood was different from that of other girls. She wanted to prove that women could do anything. When she was four years old, she decided to burn all her girly clothes, cut her hair and dress like her brothers to maintain her freedom.