In three beach towns in the south of France, mayors have banned women from wearing “burkinis”—aka full body swimsuits with head coverings often worn by Muslim women—from its beaches. Though they cite French secularism and the idea that women are being forced to “hide their body” unfairly, the laws instead allow the government to dictate what is appropriate for women to wear. This is no more apparent than in photos of French police surrounding a woman wearing a long-sleeved shirt and a head covering on a beach, and forcing her to strip.
Burka Avenger (Jiya) Created by Aaron Haroon Rashid
Burka Avenger is a multi-award winning Pakistani animated television series created and directed by famous Pakistani rock star and social activist, Aaron Haroon Rashid (AKA Haroon). It was produced at Unicorn Black Studios in Islamabad, Pakistan and currently airs on Geo Tez of Geo Network TV.
The show features Jiya, an “inspirational teacher” whose alter ego is a burka-wearing superheroine. Jiya uses “Takht Kabaddi”, a special martial art that incorporates books and pens, to fight crime. “Smart, colorful and provocative, this Pakistani-produced television program about a super-heroine sends a clear message about female empowerment that has the potential to affect an entire generation.“ The Urdu language series first aired on 28 July 2013.