Afghani woman boxer Sadaf Rahimi by Basetrack via Flickr - CC licenseJust by getting into the boxing ring at the London Olympics, Sadaf Rahimi will be throwing a few punches in the fight for equal rights for Afghan women.

There are female Afghan success stories, yet most women in Afghanistan remain second-class citizens, cloaked from head-to-toe in blue burqas, abused or hidden in their homes.

Rahimi, a determined 17-year-old student, wants to become the new face of Afghan women, gaining honor and dignity for herself and other women in her war-torn country and improving their image worldwide.

She will get her chance in London, where women’s boxing makes its Olympic debut.

(READ the story in the Jakarta Globe)

Photo of Sadaf Rahimi by Basetrack via Flickr – CC license

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