Celebrating Women’s History Month: March 28

28 Mar

Honoring Benazir Bhutto

Today I would like to honor and pay tribute to Benazir Bhutto.  Not only was Bhutto the first woman ever to lead a Muslim country, but she was elected Prime Minister of Pakistan twice. Bhutto started and chaired the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). In 2008 she was again on the PPP ticket in the Pakistani General Election. From 1979 on, when her father was hanged, Bhutto took on the role of social reformer, which meant she was a constant opponent to an unjust government. Her dedication to social justice and to Pakistan never wavered.

Although Bhutto came under harsh criticism and allegations of misconduct from former Pakistani President, Ghulam Ishaq Khan, President Musharraf cleared Bhutto of all charges of corruption. I can’t imagine it was easy for Bhutto to play in a predominately all boys club, as it is still difficult for women in the United States, e.g. the double standards here.

Bhutto was assassinated on December 27, 2007, just two weeks before the General Election was to be held. In 2009, Bhutto was a posthumous winner of United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights.  To learn more about Benazir Bhutto, click here.

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