Submitted by the Women Empowerment Society
Women Empowerment Society (WES) of FCCU has one seemingly simple yet extremely complex duty – to remind the people around us that women stand on an absolutely equal and leveled pedestal with men, every single day.
Unfortunately for us, we still live in a world where gender equality is not the norm, and where the patriarchy is intact instead of being smashed into smithereens. Keeping this sad reality in mind, WES is trying its best to play a part in building a better and more equal society for all of us.
Throughout the year, there are several events that WES undertakes, all aimed towards empowering women, making conversation about certain topics easier, and creating a safe space for whoever may need it in FCCU. However, last year, the society came up with an event absolutely like none other.
An event so unique in its own right that it is now, definitely, going to be an annual occurrence – a Feminist Comic Con.
Taking inspiration from Comic Cons that happen all over the world we decided to put our own spin on it, making sure that women in the world of comics whose work isn’t highlighted take the complete spotlight and hog the entire stage. Our event had it all, cosplay, movie screenings, fan art competitions, and the most loved fandom trivia. Our panelists were a group of diverse women, all empowered in their own right, such as Khaya Ahmed (consulting editor for Marvel Comics, writer for Burka Avenger, and currently involved at we.R.play), Nigar Nazar (first female cartoonist of Pakistan and CEO of Gogi Studios), Amna Saleem (Run Sheeda Run, 3 Bahadur), and Meesha Shafi (actress, singer, feminist). Have you ever seen a more accomplished and bad-ass judging panel?
The success of the Comic Con was further amplified through having sponsors like Youth Correspondents Magazine and easytickets back the event, and through having some amazing merchandise stalls. Our success was also in part thanks to the attention we garnered through social media by people like Riz Ahmed, Mona Eltahawy, Clark Gregg and articles in various newspapers and websites.
This year, a more improved and refined version of us is back in November, and the event will most definitely be better than before. The Feminist Comic Con’s theme is centered on villainesses, all the powerful, rather evil women in the comic world. Keep a look out for the second installment of the WES Feminist Comic Con #NoHeroThisNovember.