Her name is Qahera what means vanquisher, destroyer, omnipotent. She “was born” or rather created 2 years ago in Egypt by 19 years old graphic design student Deena Mohamed.
Everything started as a sort of a joke between group of friends- says the author. But first maybe I’ll explain who Qahera is. She is a Muslim woman comic superhero created to fight with islamophobia and misogyny, “to take stand against both the problems we have and people who try to impose their own views onto us.” The idea of the superhero was crazy and genius, to combine two extremes inside one body. Muslim woman often seen as vulnerable and weak creature and superhero – made in the West strong male character with superhuman powers. That is why Qahera wears hijab. It’s an element in her battle against islamophobia and sterotypes regarding Muslim women. She’s not scared and bewildered but strong and proud. It is also an emblem of diversity between Muslim women and Western feminists who are trying to teach and illuminate everybody around about women rights ignoring real needs and reality of the society at the same time.
But the bigges challenge for Egyptian superhero is omnipotent misogyny and sexual harassment. Thanks to her no abuser can feel safe any more. Qahera is not only a superhero in the comic but in the real life as well. Hundreds of thousands of people around the globe follow Deenas character. She’s raising awareness, make people talk about difficult issues which used to be Tabu not long time ago. She’s changing Egyptian society.
And most importantly she’s not alone. “Qahera is based on inspiring Egyptian and Muslim women, and not the other way around […] I’m basing her on the role models I see around me constantly” – says Deena.
“This is less of a superhero comic and more of a tribute”
http://qaherathesuperhero.com – Qahera comic
http://muftah.org/dont-mess-with-a-hijabi-an-interview-with-the-creator-of-qahera/#.VbAQrEqkqK0 – audio interview with the author
Both strongly recommended.