Boxing against violence in Goma, North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo | Head On Photo Festival

Boxing against violence in Goma, North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo

Photographer's Name: 
Alessandro Grassani

May 2018. Goma has been sadly labelled the 'rape capital of the world' and one of the worst places in the world for women to live.  
18 year-old Blandini, abandoned by her husband and evicted by her step-father occassionally sleeps in a building site. Once, she was covered with petroleum by a group of men and set alight like a candle; the scars a reminder of that night.
She and other women meet in Goma's boxing clubs, learning to box to survive ever-present threats of violence and discrimination, the chance to earn a living and even to become a champion. 

Festival Year: 
2019