Kurshid Bano is born and raised in the conservative province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan, which shares its borders with Afghanistan. It has seen years of political instability and religious extremism and radicalizations.
Bano started working as a peacebuilder as a young activist, still in school speaking at student forums on their rights and on maintaining peace within the community. In 1994, she got elected as the first women union leader in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province during which she actively advocated for the rights of women workers, including advocating against sexual harassment and gender discrimination.
She was actively involved in the drafting of laws on sexual harassment in 2001 and during the same year, established platform for women- Da Hawwa Lur, a not for profit organization working to improve the lives of women in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region, and advocating against all forms of gender discrimination and segregation, and addressing barriers to women’s advancement and empowerment.