"Countless women in Pakistan and elsewhere inspire me everyday," says Mehwish Hayat

Recently she talked to students on women empowerment and about her own journey at the Queen Mary University in UK
Published 19 Feb, 2018 11:49am

If there is one actress who besides looking good also has a brain to match that beauty, it has to be Mehwish Hayat.Hayat, despite being regarded as a top actress of Pakistan for giving hits like Jaawani Phir Nahi Aani , Actor in Law as well as Punjab Nahi Jaongi is also vocal about causes which raiser her concern.

Hayat recently spoke about the #MeToo campaign here and because of that including her fame, she was invited to London to address students at the prestigious Queen Mary's University on women's empowerment as well as on her own journey in the industry.

An inspiring journey no doubt in the world of entertainment, Mehwish started her career in 2010 with a drama called Man Jali where as in 2009 she had done a short film called Insha Allah which after so many years is now available in Pakistan on You Tube.

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But talking about her journey at the Queen Mary's, Mehwish said, "There is no gender neutral world anywhere, it just doesn't exist so. If a woman wants to chase her dreams she has to step in to a man's world."

Making the audience agree with her views, Mehwish further added, "Play by the set rules, follow the decorum of patriarchal values and yet face adversity, ridicule, objectification, pay gap, and possibly sexual harassment to make it big in life. I know that's quite a price to follow your dreams but I have done that and faced all of that because my dreams were priceless and they meant a lot to me, in fact a lot more."

With the students cheering the actress on, it was her mention of greats like Asma Jahangir, Benazir Bhutto as well as Malala Yousafzai which made us see Mehwish in a different light as she said, "It was an amazing feeling to see women from all walks of life taking part in the funeral procession that recently took place (of Asma Jahangir) despite it being against the rituals of the land. And now it shows that the land where I come from, a progressive woman’s life and work has been celebrated and cherished after her death.”

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Adding further, Mehwish said, "Before Asma, there was Fatima Jinnah, Benazir Bhutto, both who fought for their ideals and stood up against ruthless dictators. And then there’s Malala, who took it upon herself to speak for what’s right. All of them and countless women in Pakistan, and elsewhere, inspire me everyday.”

With herself an inspiration to many, we are mighty proud of Mehwish Hayat for representing Pakistan abroad in such a dignified manner. More power to you Mehwish!