Bina Shah is a Pakistani writer and commentator who writes a monthly column for Dawn, the top English-language newspaper in Pakistan. Specializing in Pakistani and Muslim women’s rights, girls’ education, and Pakistani society and culture, she also writes regularly for the New York Times and is a frequent guest on the BBC. She has contributed essays to Granta, Al Jazeera, The Independent, The Huffington Post and The Guardian. She holds degrees from Wellesley College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is an alumna of the University of Iowa’s International Writers’ Workshop. Her novel Slum Child was a bestseller in Italy, and she has been published in English, Spanish, French, Danish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Italian. She lives in Karachi.