From an abusive marriage in Pakistan to a PhD in Cambridge – one Newnhamite’s inspiring story

Aliya Khalid

Aliya Khalid is from Peshawar in North West Pakistan where she says ‘a girl is supposed to be voiceless and faceless’. She escaped from an abusive marriage after she was banned from seeing her family and her husband threatened to take her children away from her.

Aliya is now a  PhD student at Newnham and a Gates Scholar after she was recognised for her outstanding academic ability and her potential to be a transformative leader.

Her research focuses on the experience of Pakistani mothers and whether maternal education influences access to school and learning for girls.

This is her story