Last month, on the eve of the International Day of the Girl, 10x10 brought together an inspiring group of women to share their stories, celebrate the girl, and officially kick off the 10x10 campaign. Today, we’re unveiling one of those talks from a courageous young woman named Shabana Basij-Rasikh:

Shabana recounted her story for 10x10 coincidentally on the day after the shooting of Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan. Shabana was just six years old when the Taliban took power in her native Afghanistan and banned women and girls from school. Still, she managed to get an education by dressing as a boy and attending a secret school.

She went on to study at Middlebury College, where she graduated at the top of her class. Shabana is now Managing Director of SOLA (School of Leadership, Afghanistan), a nonprofit that helps exceptional young Afghan women access education worldwide and jobs back home.

Please take a few minutes to watch and share her incredible story.