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The Burka Avenger!

August 26, 2013

Back to your pumpkin, Cinderella!  Crack on with looking after those dwarves, Snow White!  Penelope Pitstop – you don’t need to replace that nail file.  There’s a new female cartoon superhero on the block, and she’s awesome.

By day: mild mannered teacher.

By night: The Burka Avenger!


She flies through the night, fighting for “Education For All” and combatting the forces of evil and tyranny armed only with sharp pens (the pen being, of course, mightier than the sword), heavy books and a nifty knowledge of martial arts.

This isn’t a joke.  It’s real. You can see it here.  it’s a cartoon being broadcast even now on Pakistani television.  The idea came from a Pakistani popstar (take note, One Direction) called Aaron Haroon Rashid who saw the fight that many girls have for education in Pakistan and decided to do something about it.

And there is a grave problem.  As you may remember on Tuesday 9th October, 2012 schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban for speaking out against the Taliban’s crackdown on education of girls in the Swat valley.   She now lives in the UK and has written a book about her experiences:

Image(Photo courtesy of Amazon)

Since then she’s gone on to address the UN in New York and is the youngest ever nominee for a Nobel Peace Prize.  She’s clearly made of stern stuff.

Whilst she’s campaigning in the west, here in Pakistan The Burka Avenger is becoming a huge hit.  And rightly so.  The Burka Avenger is fantastic on many levels.  In the western world we have Disney Princesses.  In Pakistan they have a ninja school teacher triumphing education.


If I had daughters, I know what I’d be wanting them to watch.

[Burka Avenger photographs courtesy of]

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  1. Sara permalink

    I think I’ll start Lindy off watching it today;-)


  2. Thanks for sharing this. I’m definitely going to check it out with my girls.


    • You should do – it’s pretty cool. You can also buy a ‘Burka Avenger’ T-shirt. I’m so tempted. Is it against the ethos to be suckered in by the merchandising?!


      • Not if it helps spread the word… and is not Disney or some other multi-million dollar organisation that doesn’t really need us to do their advertising for them 😉


  3. It sounds so unlikely that I hardly believe you. But I do.


    • I know. It sounds uncannily like something you might see in a sketch show which would have to be hurridly pulled from the telly for being bad taste. This, however, is totally uncynical and genuine. I love the fact that as a mild mannered school teacher she doesn’t wear a scarf or hijab but only dons the burka to fight anti-education bullies by night. If you click on the link in my post you can watch an episode.


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