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.
“I don’t really care what other people see me as. I seriously don’t. I’ve always worried about what my opinion of myself is. And I’ve always thought that it carries most weight. So I don’t care what other people’s opinion of me is or how they view whatever I’ve said or done.”