Pakistan is one of those countries where women have led the nation as a Prime Minister yet Women empowerment remains an issue in the country. However, there has been a recent increase in women who talk about the issue, with one of them being Mehwish Hayat.
Mehwish Hayat was the one who expressed how harassment is not a woman’s fault in Actor in Law; she also raised awareness for start-up campaigns such as #Metoo in Pakistan. The beautiful star never disappointed us with her dedication towards the women of Pakistan and recently, paid tributes to the powerful ones in the country’s history – such as Benazir Bhutto, Asma Jahangir, Malala and others in London’s Queen Mary University. Here’s what she said:
Pakistani film star @MehwishHayat talking about women empowerment at Queen Mary University London, paid tribute to Fatima Jinnah #AsmaJahangir , Benazir Bhutto, @Malala and other Pakistani women. pic.twitter.com/vC5mG4eeiz
— Farid Qureshi (@faridque) February 17, 2018
“We have had females who have never gotten scared in the face of repression, intimidation and atrocity,” Mehwish shared. “It was an amazing feeling to see women from all walks of life taking part in the funeral procession of Asma Jahangir despite it being against the rituals of the land. That shows that the land where I come from, a progressive woman’s life and work has been celebrated and cherished after her death.” she added.
“Before Asma, there was Fatima Jinnah, Benazir Bhutto – both who fought for their ideals and stood up against ruthless dictators,” Mehwish said.
While some students did not know most of the mentioned people, they quickly responded to Malala Yousufzai.
Mehwish Hayat also mentioned her mother who has always been an inspiration to her. She talks about how much she had to go through to make her dreams a reality, just like the other women of Pakistan.
It was real pleasure to be able to address students at the prestigious Queen Mary's University in London and share my own journey as a Pakistani woman. It also gave me the opportunity to pay homage to one of the strongest women I know, my mother. "… my career, owes a lot to my mother. She has been my inspiration since I leaned to say mama! She tried her hand at a number of things in life, including acting and parenting, and I have no qualms in admitting that she did all of that better than me." #MehwishHayat #queenmaryuniversityoflondon #pakistanhighcommision #womenempowerment
Mehwish has always inspired us with whatever she does and we wish her luck with her career.
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