Nadja Wohlleben

Photographer
     
ZEINA NASSAR
Location: Berlin, Germany
Nationality: German
Biography: NADJA WOHLLEBEN   is an independent photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Berlin, Germany. In her work, she focusses on stories of resilience in the feminine human landscape. Nadja is specifically interested in stories about... MORE
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ZEINA NASSAR
Copyright Nadja Wohlleben 2022
Date of Work Nov 2019 - Ongoing
Updated Nov 2020
Location Berlin, germany
Topics boxer, Spotlight
ZEINA NASSAR 
German Featherweight Boxing Champion
(2018)

Zeina Nassar, 23, is the reigning German featherweight boxing champion. Born and raised in Berlin by Lebanese parents, the young athlete is not only a fighter in the ring, but also a fighter for equality of opportunity: as a Muslim woman she is determinedly punching her way through prejudices in a male dominated field: "I always feel like I have to prove myself twice as much. Firstly because I’m a woman and then of course, I wear a hijab.”

Zeina and her first boxing coach fought to change the rules about wearing the hijab in German boxing competitions. She has opened doors for other young girls who face similar struggles. “I don’t just fight for myself, I fight for all women”. Zeina’s next mission is to change international boxing rules. In 2019, Zeina was denied to participate in the U-22 European Boxing Championships, despite being the best German fighter in her weight class. The reason was the violation of the rules and standards: long clothing and a headscarf.

Zeina won’t give up to fight: her goal is to participate in the Olympics 2024.
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