Die pakistanischen Kämpferinnen

In der südpakistanischen Stadt Karachi, in einer Nachbarschaft, die eher für ihre Bandenkriege bekannt ist als für die Emanzipation von Frauen, gibt es seit kurzem einen Boxclub, wo Mädchen kämpfen lernen. Der pakistanische Fotograf Akhtar Soomro hat ihn besucht.

REFILE - CLARIFYING NAME OF BOXING CLUBMehek, 15, who has her hands wrapped, takes part in an exercise session at the first women's boxing coaching camp in Karachi, Pakistan February 19, 2016. For the past six months about a dozen girls, aged 8 to 17, have gone to the Pak Shaheen Boxing Club after school to practice their jabs, hooks and upper cuts. Pakistani women have been training as boxers in small numbers and competed in the South Asian Games last year, said Younis Qambrani, the coach who founded the club in 1992 in the Karachi neighbourhood of Lyari, better known for internecine gang warfare than for breaking glass ceilings. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Die 15-jährige Mehek beim Training im Shaheen Boxing Club. Fotos: Akhtar Soomro

Younis Qambrani gründete 1992 den Shaheen Boxing Club in Lyria, einem Bezirk von Karachi, Pakistan. In einer konservativ muslimischen Umgebung wie in Pakistan ist es nur den wenigsten Frauen möglich zu boxen. Für Younis Qambrani war es anfangs undenkbar, Mädchen in seinen Club aufzunehmen, zu gross war der Druck der Gesellschaft. Vor einem Jahr kam ein Mädchen zu ihm und fragte, warum Mädchen nicht trainieren dürften. Sie beklagte sich darüber, dass ihnen niemand zeige, wie sie sich wehren könnten. Da gab Qambrani schliesslich nach.

REFILE - CLARIFYING NAME OF BOXING CLUBTabia, 12, removes her shoes after finishing an exercise session at the first women's boxing coaching camp in Karachi, Pakistan February 19, 2016. For the past six months about a dozen girls, aged 8 to 17, have gone to the Pak Shaheen Boxing Club after school to practice their jabs, hooks and upper cuts. Pakistani women have been training as boxers in small numbers and competed in the South Asian Games last year, said Younis Qambrani, the coach who founded the club in 1992 in the Karachi neighbourhood of Lyari, better known for internecine gang warfare than for breaking glass ceilings. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES

Tabia (12) nach dem Training.

A friend wraps the hand of a boxer competing in the Sindh Junior Sports Association Boxing Tournament in Karachi, Pakistan February 21, 2016. For the past six months about a dozen girls, aged 8 to 17, have gone to the Pak Shine Boxing Club after school to practice their jabs, hooks and upper cuts. Pakistani women have been training as boxers in small numbers and competed in the South Asian Games last year, said Younis Qambrani, the coach who founded the club in 1992 in the Karachi neighbourhood of Lyari, better known for internecine gang warfare than for breaking glass ceilings. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES

Vorbereitungen an einem Boxturnier in Karachi.

Azmeena, 16, takes part in warm up exercises at the first women's boxing coaching camp in Karachi, Pakistan February 19, 2016. For the past six months about a dozen girls, aged 8 to 17, have gone to the Pak Shine Boxing Club after school to practice their jabs, hooks and upper cuts. Pakistani women have been training as boxers in small numbers and competed in the South Asian Games last year, said Younis Qambrani, the coach who founded the club in 1992 in the Karachi neighbourhood of Lyari, better known for internecine gang warfare than for breaking glass ceilings. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES

Azmeena (16) bei Aufwärmübungen.

REFILE - CLARIFYING NAME OF BOXING CLUBArisha, 9, takes instructions from coach Younus Qambrani during an exercise session at the first women's boxing coaching camp in Karachi, Pakistan February 19, 2016. For the past six months about a dozen girls, aged 8 to 17, have gone to the Pak Shaheen Boxing Club after school to practice their jabs, hooks and upper cuts. Pakistani women have been training as boxers in small numbers and competed in the South Asian Games last year, said Younis Qambrani, the coach who founded the club in 1992 in the Karachi neighbourhood of Lyari, better known for internecine gang warfare than for breaking glass ceilings. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES

Arisha (9) erhält Anweisungen von ihrem Trainer.

Inzwischen besuchen etwa ein Dutzend Mädchen zwischen acht und siebzehn Jahren jeweils nach der Schule den Club. Mangels Ausrüstung und Infrastruktur wächst der Sport nur langsam, doch die Situation werde besser, sagt Qambrani. Im Oktober fand ein Trainingscamp für Boxerinnen statt, das sogar staatlich unterstützt wurde; lokale Medien berichteten darüber.

REFILE - CLARIFYING NAME OF BOXING CLUBArisha, 9, punches Misbah during an exercise session at the first women's boxing coaching camp in Karachi, Pakistan February 20, 2016. For the past six months about a dozen girls, aged 8 to 17, have gone to the Pak Shaheen Boxing Club after school to practice their jabs, hooks and upper cuts. Pakistani women have been training as boxers in small numbers and competed in the South Asian Games last year, said Younis Qambrani, the coach who founded the club in 1992 in the Karachi neighbourhood of Lyari, better known for internecine gang warfare than for breaking glass ceilings. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES

Arisha gegen Misbah in einem Trainingskampf.

REFILE - CLARIFYING NAME OF BOXING CLUBMisbah, 17, takes part in warm up exercises at the first women's boxing coaching camp in Karachi, Pakistan February 19, 2016. For the past six months about a dozen girls, aged 8 to 17, have gone to the Pak Shaheen Boxing Club after school to practice their jabs, hooks and upper cuts. Pakistani women have been training as boxers in small numbers and competed in the South Asian Games last year, said Younis Qambrani, the coach who founded the club in 1992 in the Karachi neighbourhood of Lyari, better known for internecine gang warfare than for breaking glass ceilings. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES

Misbah (17) beim Aufwärmen.

Tabia (L), 12, fights against Aamna, 11, during the Sindh Junior Sports Association Boxing Tournament in Karachi, Pakistan February 21, 2016. For the past six months about a dozen girls, aged 8 to 17, have gone to the Pak Shine Boxing Club after school to practice their jabs, hooks and upper cuts. Pakistani women have been training as boxers in small numbers and competed in the South Asian Games last year, said Younis Qambrani, the coach who founded the club in 1992 in the Karachi neighbourhood of Lyari, better known for internecine gang warfare than for breaking glass ceilings. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES

Die 12-jährige Tabia (links) kämpft gegen die 11-jährige Aamna an einem Turnier.

Urooj, 15, spits water between rounds in her bout during the Sindh Junior Sports Association Boxing Tournament in Karachi, Pakistan February 21, 2016. For the past six months about a dozen girls, aged 8 to 17, have gone to the Pak Shine Boxing Club after school to practice their jabs, hooks and upper cuts. Pakistani women have been training as boxers in small numbers and competed in the South Asian Games last year, said Younis Qambrani, the coach who founded the club in 1992 in the Karachi neighbourhood of Lyari, better known for internecine gang warfare than for breaking glass ceilings. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

«Ich trainiere, seit ich ein Kind bin, und, Inshallah, ich werde internationale Boxerin und den Namen Pakistans berühmt machen.» Urooj Qambrani (15), die Tochter des Trainiers, hat Grosses vor.

REFILE - CLARIFYING NAME OF BOXING CLUBAamna, 11, waits for the start for her bout during the Sindh Junior Sports Association Boxing Tournament in Karachi, Pakistan February 21, 2016. For the past six months about a dozen girls, aged 8 to 17, have gone to the Pak Shaheen Boxing Club after school to practice their jabs, hooks and upper cuts. Pakistani women have been training as boxers in small numbers and competed in the South Asian Games last year, said Younis Qambrani, the coach who founded the club in 1992 in the Karachi neighbourhood of Lyari, better known for internecine gang warfare than for breaking glass ceilings. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES

Aamna (11) wartet auf den Start ihres Kampfes.

REFILE - CLARIFYING NAME OF BOXING CLUBGirl trainees pose for a group photograph with their coach Yunus Qambrani and assistant coach Nadir at the first women's boxing coaching camp in Karachi, Pakistan February 20, 2016. For the past six months about a dozen girls, aged 8 to 17, have gone to the Pak Shaheen Boxing Club after school to practice their jabs, hooks and upper cuts. Pakistani women have been training as boxers in small numbers and competed in the South Asian Games last year, said Younis Qambrani, the coach who founded the club in 1992 in the Karachi neighbourhood of Lyari, better known for internecine gang warfare than for breaking glass ceilings. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES

Trainer Younis Qambrani (Mitte) mit seinen Boxerinnen.

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