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By day, Jiya is a teacher at a girl’s school in Pakistan. However, by night, she is an awesome superhero known as the Burka Avenger.
The Burka Avenger is Pakistan’s first ever animated TV series. The show is currently being screen in London for the first time. Jiya uses her back burka to disguise her identity as she confronts and battles local villains who try to shut down girl’s schools as well as other evil plots.
“It’s a phenomenon in Pakistan,” Aaron Haroon Rashid, a Pakistani pop star and creator of the show, told BuzzFeed News. “Children are now having Burka Avenger-themed birthday parties now. It’s done really, really well.”
The cartoon first aired in Pakistan in 2013 and is now on its fourth season. The show is known for tackling difficult subjects such as sex discrimination, controversy over the polio vaccine and sectarian violence.
“I imagined a schoolteacher standing up and saying: ‘Stay away, you evil man, these girls deserve education.’ And that’s how that idea began to develop – this strong female character, an inspirational schoolteacher [who] is still fighting for education even when she’s not in disguise,” Haroon said.[tweetthis]The Burka Avenger makes its London debut as she battles villains who try to shut down girl’s schools.[/tweetthis]
In the town of Haifa, Israel, in a small salon, the traditional separation of Jews and Arabs seems to be quietly ignored as Jewish, Christian and Muslim women, alike, mingle and chat as they get their hair done. In The New York Times documentary The Shampoo Summit, one of the women in the salon tells filmmaker Iris Zaki this interaction is not “merely coexistence but life.”
The film follows Zaki, who is Jewish, as she works to meet her Arab neighbors for the first time by taking a job at Fifi’s salon, a Christian-Arab salon.[tweetthis]The Shampoo Summit takes a look at the relationship between Christian, Muslim and Jewish women in an Israeli salon.[/tweetthis]
According to research recently presented in Brussels, British Muslim women are more likely than the rest of the population to face discrimination at work.
According to a comparative report focusing on the disproportionate effects of Islamophobia on European Muslim women, there are three types of discrimination they face: gender-based, ethnicity-based and religion-based. The report was published by the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) and the British interfaith group Faith Matters. BuzzFeed News reported that the report “called on the government to ensure that the legislation protecting against discrimination in the labour market and against hate crimes effectively protects Muslim women.”
According to CBS Los Angeles, Malaak Ammari used her cellphone to record an encounter with a fellow customer. The man took aim at her and her friend Nura Takkish who were just sitting, eating ice cream.
“I don’t want them in my country, that’s what I don’t want,” he ranted on the recording.
“I was fearful in the moment,” Ammari told CBS 2.
Saturday, hundreds of Organic County residents gathered at the ice cream store, Andrew’s Ice Cream and Dessert, in a show of thanks to the shop owners, Greg and Cynthia Ramsay and worker Jessie Noah who swiftly had the man removed from the shop.
“It showed me that more than anything people are more positive, more accepting, more tolerant than ever,” Takkish said.
“They would stand up for anyone and that’s what a true American does,” Ammari added.[tweetthis]altM’s weekly roundup of news[/tweetthis]
This list was curated by Kaitlin Montgomery, altM News Editor