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Fight Like A Girl

Sima Azimi (C), 20, a trainer at the Shaolin Wushu club, poses with her students after an exercise on a hilltop in Kabul, Afghanistan January 29, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

Hanifa Doosti (C), 17, and other students of the Shaolin Wushu club show their Wushu skills to other students on a hilltop in Kabul, Afghanistan January 29, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

Sabera Bayanne, 20, a student of the Shaolin Wushu club, practices in Kabul, Afghanistan January 29, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

Sima Azimi, 20, a trainer at the Shaolin Wushu club, shows her Wushu skills to other students on a hilltop in Kabul, Afghanistan January 29, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

Hatifa Rezai (R), 19, a student of the Shaolin Wushu club, is reflected in a mirror as she adjusts her scarf before her exercise in Kabul, Afghanistan January 19, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

Fight Like A Girl

How a group of Afghani women are fighting prejudice with martial arts.

Fight Like A Girl

On a snowy mountaintop to the west of Kabul, a group of Afghan girls practise the flowing movements of Wushu, a sport developed form ancient Chinese kung fu martial arts. With each slash of their bright swords, these young women are also slashing gender stereotypes.

In a country where women’s sport is severely restricted, the Shaolin Wushu club in Kabul’s Hazara ethnic community, is a rare exception.

For the full story, see the June issue of MiNDFOOD. On sale 1 May in NZ, 4 May in AU.

Click through our gallery to preview some of the photos of these women.

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