Meet Pakistan’s newest superhero. Yes, she’s a girl. And best of all, she’s fighting for girls’ education.
Burka Avenger uses her black burka to hide her identity, and pens and books as her weapons.The show was created by one of Pakistan’s biggest pop stars, Aaron Haroon Rashid, who conceived of it as a way to emphasize the importance of girls’ education, and teach other lessons, such as protecting the environment and not discriminating against others. In the first episode, the Avenger’s arch nemesis wants to shut down her girls’ school so he can pocket the money a charity gave him to run it.
“What business do women have with education?” says the nemesis’ accomplice. “They should stay at home, washing, scrubbing and cleaning, toiling in the kitchen.”
The nemesis padlocks the gate of the school and orders the crowd of young girls outside to leave. But Burka Avenger’s friend, Ashu, steps forward to resist and delivers a defiant speech about the importance of girls’ education — perhaps marking her as a future activist.
“The girls of today are the mothers of tomorrow,” says Ashu. “If the mothers are not educated, then future generations will also remain illiterate.”
A group of orphans who watched an early screening of the first episode laughed and cheered as Burka Avenger vanquished her enemies.
Ten year-old Samia Naeem said she liked the crusading heroine “because she saved kids’ lives, she motivated them for education and school.”
The show will start airing in August on Geo TV,
Read more about Burka Avenger here.