The Burka Avenger, a Pakistani superheroine

The Burka Avenger is the superheroine of a new animated cartoon series for children in Pakistan.  A mild-mannered school teacher by day, she dons the burka costume by night to fight the enemies of freedom and knowledge, using books and pens as her weapons.

This program is sure to enrage the Pakistani Taliban, who shut down girl’s schools in the areas they control and attempted to murder 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai for promoting education for girls.

It is an interesting twist that the heroine’s costume is the burka, a garment that covers the face and the whole body, and is considered a symbol of repression of women, because its purpose is to shield women from the gaze of men other than their husbands.


The Burka Avenger Stands Up to Male Chauvinist Taliban on Pakistani TV by Professor Juan Cole on his Informed Comment web log.

The Burqa article on Wikipedia.

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One Response to “The Burka Avenger, a Pakistani superheroine”

  1. Notes To Ponder Says:

    Kick ass Burka Avenger! Kpow, thwat Taliban 🙂


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