Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto (1953-2007), well known as the “Iron Lady” of Pakistan, is an icon and inspiration for women across the globe.
Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was elected Chairperson of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in 1986. Leading her party into the Government in the 1988 general elections, she became the Prime Minister of Pakistan at the age of 35. She was not only the youngest chief executive but the first woman Prime Minister in the Muslim World. During her time as PM, she won the hearts of millions with her governance and sheer determination to improve the living standards of the underprivileged class of our country.
Due to her untiring efforts to bring about a change in society during her tenure, she was elected as Prime Minister of Pakistan once again in 1993.The assassination of the former Pakistani Prime Minister and activist Benazir Bhutto is a vicious felony that disgraced a society and highlighted its impotence in protecting its distinguished individuals. She wasn’t just any ordinary woman. She was the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who was the former President (1971 to 1973) and Prime Minister (1973 to 1977) of Pakistan, and the founder of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), which is one of the largest and most influential political parties in Pakistan..
Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto always endeavored to provide fundamental necessities to every Pakistani citizen. She enforced Democratic and human rights policies so that any ordinary person could enjoy the rewards of Democracy and freedom that he had never experienced before. Mohtarma strongly advocated for women’s rights. She led her people to denounce all sorts of violence and discrimination against women and abhor the abuse of their rights. She also highlighted the significance of reviewing several judicial sentences, particularly with regard to the poor social conditions the society was facing, giving women some freedom.
As an active member of the Council of Women World Leaders, she continually encouraged the world leaders to address women’s health issues. She also launched different programs to educate women to make them economically independent. The legacy that she left behind has been an inspiration to many. Several universities and public buildings in Pakistan bear Benazir Bhutto’s name, and her career has influenced many activists.
Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Foundation is one of her dream projects and a vision that she inherited from her father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. It is one of the initiatives that she took to eradicate social inequality and ensure fundamental rights to the segmented class of our society.
Although she is no more amongst us, her mission is still alive, and the world remembers her contributions as an advocate of human rights.