According to Feministing.com, a 17-year-old Afghan young woman will be participating in the first women’s boxing competition at the Olympics.
Sadaf Rahimi will be the third woman to represent Afghanistan at the Olympics, and she will be the only woman to represent the country at the London Olympics. Robina Muqimyar and Friba Rezayee became the first women to represent Afghanistan at the 2004 Summer Olympics, according to the article.
I really like the fact that Rahimi is breaking the gender norms and is going to be recognized on an international level, not only as an Afghan woman participating in the Olympics, but as a woman participating in the boxing event.
And while this is a big step for women, since women were not allowed to participate in sports under the Taliban, we must not forget the long road that still awaits women as they fight for equality.