‘Burka Avenger’ is a fictional cartoon character who fights for women empowerment – basically girls’ education, vaccination and patriarchal mindset – in the fictional town of Halwapur in northern Pakistan.
The concept of empowering girls through a cartoon character in a garb widely seen as a sign of oppression has been praised worldwide. The cartoon has been nominated for the Emmy Kids Award and has won the prestigious Peabody Award besides many others.
‘Burka Avenger‘ was created by popular Pakistani rock star Aaron Haroon Rashid in 2013, a few months after the Malala Yousafzai incident.
Indian cartoons have become not only mindless but shoddy, too. Cartoons have stopped teaching anything to kids of our times. Thankfully, kids in India will be able to learn a great deal of good from a heroine from “regressive” Pakistan, who has successfully trumped the villains in her fictional world as well as “progressive-thinking” creative producers of India.