Benazir Bhutto Shaheed : New Zealand’s PM Jacinda Ardern Pays High Tribute to Benazir Bhutto Shaheed
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern honors former Pakistani Prime Minister Shaheed Benazir while delivering the Commencement address at Harvard. Harvard University honored Jacinda Ardern to address the students. She addresses from the same stage that was offered to greats such as Winston Churchill, Angela Merkel, Steven Spielberg, and once Benazir Bhutto. While addressing more than 1000 Harvard students, Jacinda Ardern invoked the memory of the late Benazir Bhutto Shaheed. Benaizr Bhutto is the first woman to head a Muslim democratic government and to give birth while in office. Jacinda Ardern was the second.
“Two things that history will not contest about Benazir Bhutto. She was the first Muslim female Prime Minister elected in an Islamic country. Benazir is the first to give birth in office, when a woman in power was a rare thing. Almost 30 years later, was me,” said Ardern. She shared that her daughter, was born on June 21, 2018, the Benazir’s birthday. Benazir Bhutto gave birth in January 1990 to her daughter Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari. She gave birth as the “1st child born to a sitting female Prime Minister” in history.
Moreover, Jacinda Ardern also echoed Benazir Bhutto’s call to deepen democracy. To clarify, Benazir Bhutto underscored the “fragility” of democracy in her own address to the university in 1989. “In June 1989, the prime minister of Pakistan stood on this spot. She delivered the commencement address titled Democratic Nations Must Unite. She spoke about her journey, the importance of citizenry, representative government, human rights and democracy,” began Ardern.
Jacinda Ardern’s address in Harvard
“The path she carved as a woman feels as relevant today as it was decades ago. And Benazir shared the same message in the same place,” Jacinda Ardern said.