Bakhtawar Bhutto Touched By Jacinda Arden Tribute to Benazir

Bakhtwar Bhutto - Jacinda Arden - Benazir Bhutto

As the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Arden filled in as the commencement speaker for the Harvard 371st commencement, Bakhtawar Bhutto was touched by a part of her speech.

While New Zealand’s head of government wowed many with all that she touched upon in her speech, Bakhtawar Bhutto was touched by the tribute to her mother.

She shared how the PM of New Zealand talked about a woman who gave birth in office. Something that she went on to do herself in 2018. Additionally, by some coincidence, the second baby born in office to a female head of government shares a birthday with Benazir Bhutto.

Aside from Jacinda Arden, in total there are but a handful of female heads of government right now including Iceland’s Katrin Jakobsdottir, Namibia’s Saara Kuugongelwa, and long-running Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina Wajed.

Aside from Benazir Bhutto, women like Iceland’s VigdĂ­s FinnbogadĂłttir made history. VigdĂ­s FinnbogadĂłttir is also the longest-serving female head of state having stayed in office for 16 years. A recond only surpassed now by Sheikh Hasina.

Meanwhile, the first democratically elected female Prime Minister was Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka. The first in Asia.

Years after Benazir Bhutto was elected the first female head of government in the Muslim world, we still have a long way to do. Despite many countries making efforts to balance gender parity in government, there is much to be done.


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