After winning the hearts of millions of people across Asia by taking on corrupt politicians and fighting bad guys who tried to shut girls’ schools, criticising extremists,  Burka Avenger has now impressed United Nations for being a superwoman with only two wepons—pens and books.

Moving ahead of the Barman and superman era, its Pakistan’s Burka Avenger now who might soon be spreading her message of peace and tolerance to the world on behalf of United Nations (UN).

From being named by Time magazine as one of the most Influential Fictional Characters of 2013, the Emmy-nominated animated TV series has won global accolades since its 2013 launch, with its female lead- a teacher called Jiya – putting on the Islamic veil at night and transforming into an all-action heroine to handle social evils.

Now the UN wants to encourage her popularity as it builds up a campaign that focuses on women’s role in peace building to fight extremism. “We have a lot of shared goals,” said the series’ creator, Pakistani pop star Haroon Rashid.

“The whole concept of Burka Avenger came about because I was reading about girls’ schools being shut down and bombed by extremists, and women and girls are threatened with violence. That’s why the super heroine was created,” he added.

Rashid will be speaking at a UN Women conference in the Thai capital Bangkok this week which will look at using creative approaches to promote women’s role in peace building.

The series was produced at Unicorn Black in Islamabad, Pakistan. It was originally premiered on Geo Tez, but from season 2, Nick Pakistan is its original network. Four seasons, containing a total of 52 episodes, have been launched to great success in Pakistan. It then made its international airing in Afghanistan and India. The series is dubbed in many languages including Turkish, Arabic, Tamil, Pashto, and Persian.

First Published | 26 September 2017 4:29 PM
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