Afghan woman will compete in London Olympics

Sadaf Rahimi | photo from

According to, 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.


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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