Editor's Choice Pictures of the Day - Afghan women boxers - January 2, 2012
Female boxing is still relatively unusual in most countries, but especially in Afghanistan, where many girls and women still face a struggle to secure an education or work, and activists say violence and abuse at home is common. Many in this conservative society still consider fighting taboo for women, and the country's first team of female boxers deal with serious threats.
Photos REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
An Afghan woman boxer is reflected in a broken mirror inside a boxing club in Kabul December 26, 2011.
Afghan women practice inside a boxing club in Kabul.
Shabnam Rahimi, 19, (blue) and her sister Sadaf, 18, (pink) lift weights during a practice session in a boxing club in Kabul.
A female boxer receives training from a coach during a practice session.
An Afghan woman boxer practises inside a boxing club in Kabul.
An Afghan woman practices inside a boxing club in Kabul.
Afghan women train with a coach.
Afghan women boxers run during a practice session as boys watch from outside.
An Afghan woman punches a bag during a practice session inside a boxing club in Kabul.
An Afghan woman drinks water during a training session.
Afghan women share a light moment during a practice session inside a boxing club in Kabul December 28, 2011.