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Many in this conservative society still consider fighting taboo for women, and the country's first team of female boxers deal with serious threats.

Afghan women practise inside a boxing club in Kabul December 26, 2011. 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.

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A visitor (L) watches as an Afghan woman practises inside a boxing club in Kabul December 28, 2011. Many in this conservative society still consider fighting taboo for women, and the country's first team of female boxers deal with serious threats.

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Afghan women practise inside a boxing club in Kabul December 26, 2011.

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Afghan women practise inside a boxing club in Kabul December 26, 2011.

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Afghan women prepare to leave after a practice session inside a boxing club in Kabul December 26, 2011.

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An Afghan woman drinks water during a practice session inside a boxing club in Kabul December 26, 2011.

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An Afghan woman practises inside a boxing club in Kabul December 28, 2011.

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Afghan women boxers run during a practice session as boys watch from outside a boxing club in Kabul December 28, 2011.

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An Afghan woman practises inside a boxing club in Kabul December 28, 2011.

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Afghan women share a light moment during a practice session inside a boxing club in Kabul December 28, 2011.

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Sadaf Rahimi lifts weights during a practice session in a boxing club in Kabul December 28, 2011.

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Shabnam Rahimi, 19, (blue) and her sister Sadaf, 18, (pink) lift weights during a practice session in a boxing club in Kabul December 28, 2011.

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