Move over Wonder Woman, step aside She-Ra, there’s a new superheroine in town.
Only this one hails from Pakistan and she’s fighting for female education.
By day she is Jiya, a mild-mannered teacher but with secret martial art skills and a black flowing burka. Her alter ego, The Burka Avenger, fights local thugs trying to shut down the girls’ school where she works.
She's fighting for female education
The Burka Avenger is Pakistan's first animated female superhero and fans have drawn parallels to Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani school girl who was shot in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen. The bad guys in the series have been likened to the Taliban who have sadly destroyed hundreds of schools in Northwest Pakistan because they oppose girls' education.
There’s so much to love about The Burka Avenger. Not only is she offering a new angle on the burka as a sign of oppression debate (her burka is a source of power and she even uses it to fly), she fights for female education, takes on political issues happening right now, and most of all she’s not waiting for a prince to sweep her off her feet like our favorite Disney princesses.
And how's this for a kick ass theme tune. Sing along now: "Don't mess with the lady in black, when she's on the attack."
Written by: Marie Teather ~ “Change is good”