DOZ Issue 43 May 2019 - Page 12

DOZ Inspirational Biography Mercy James BENAZIR BHUTTO “Democracy is necessary to peace and to undermining the forces of terrorism.” This is one of the famous quotes of the peace-loving woman, Benazir Bhutto, who served as the prime minister of Pakistan. She was the first woman to become leader of a Muslim nation. Benazir Bhutto was born to the family of a politically indispensable and wealthy aristocratic on the 21st of June 1953 in Karachi. She was born with a silver spoon like many other fortunate children, but unlike some of them, she made the most of the opportunity life gave her and became part of the women with a permanent place in history. Her family practiced the Islamic religion. They were Sunni Muslims. While growing up, Benazir was very close to her father who was the brain behind her educational development something which was not permitted for women. But he saw a light in her, and unlike other fathers, he refused to cover it; instead, he helped her shine regardless of the general belief that women are inferior. Benazir in return idolized him. She graduated with a degree from Radcliff College and Harvard University at a young age. Benazir grew up in a political home and as such was influenced to develop a political ambition right from her school days. She occupied leadership positions and proved to others that leaders are meant to serve and not to be served. She was the campus tour guide and social secretary of her school. Her desire for positive change, and to see her country become a better place became evident DOZ Magazine | May 2019 right from the days of her campaign against the U.S involvement in the Vietnam War, participating in Moratorium day protest and even fighting for the rights of women. Benazir continued to increase in her leadership experience. She was the president of Oxford Union during her time in the university. Following the tragic incident of her father’s forceful removal from power, she joined her mother in leading a movement for the restoration of democracy. This led to her arrest and imprisonment by Muhammed Zia-ul-Haq’s military government and subsequent exile to Britain in 1984. Nevertheless, she demonstrated the extraordinary strength of a woman with a strong will when she became the prime minister in 1988. She became the first woman to head a democratic government in a Muslim majority nation. Although she faced serious oppositions and accusations, she was still victorious for the second time in 1993. The 27th of December 2007 marked the tragic end of her life. She was assassinated. Although she didn’t live a long life, she lived a fulfilled life and left behind an impact that will last a lifetime. She was a woman that chose to be different by doing what other women are afraid to do. She was a woman whose achievements surpass those of many men in her day. If only you would step out of your comfort zone to strive for what you believe in, you can become a woman that many women and men would want to be. The strength to dominate is within you. Don’t exhaust your time on earth without unleashing all your potentials. Be the leader you were born to be. 12 T he seat of power has typically been associated with men, but some women have risen to authority and done what several men failed to do correctly. Benazir Bhutto is one of such women.