Bhutto: the First Muslim Woman to Lead an Islamic Nation

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This collection can be used to support viewing of the documentary Bhutto, by Duane Baughman while engaging students in discussions about Benazir Bhutto’s legacy as a woman and a leader, women’s rights and the struggle for democracy in Pakistan. The lessons and discussions also provide a context for understanding and further investigating the changing nature of women’s leadership in Muslim countries around the world. The activities can foster discussion and inspire action around these topics within classrooms, youth-serving organizations, families and the broader community.

  • Bhutto | Film Discussion Guide

    This discussion guide is designed as a tool to facilitate dialogue and deepen understanding of the complex issues in the film Bhutto, an intimate look at one of the most fascinating and important world leaders of our time, Benazir Bhutto. The guide provides important context and raises thought provoking questions to encourage viewers to think more deeply. We provide suggestions for areas to take action and to explore in panel discussions, in the classroom, in communities, and online. We also provide valuable resources, and connections to organizations on the ground that are fighting to make a difference.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Bhutto: the First Muslim Woman to Lead an Islamic Nation | Educator Guide

    Educators can use the Bhutto Lesson Plans to support viewing of the documentary film Bhutto, by Duane Baughman while engaging students in discussions about Benazir Bhutto's legacy as a woman and a leader, women's rights, and the struggle for democracy in Pakistan. These lessons and discussions also provide a context for understanding and further investigating the changing nature of women's leadership in Muslim countries around the world. The activities can foster discussion and inspire action around these topics within classrooms, youth-serving organizations, families, and the broader community.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Benazir Bhutto: First Woman Leader of a Muslim Nation | Bhutto Film Module

    This module traces the rise of Benazir Bhutto to power as a young woman. Students will learn about the status of women in Pakistan, the influences of Islam and the military on Pakistani politics, the leadership of her father, and her personal family life. The module raises the question: was Benazir Bhutto a feminist, or was she a pragmatist when it came to reconciling her position on women's rights with conservative Islamic elements in power in Pakistan?

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Benazir Bhutto and the Struggle for Democracy in Pakistan | Bhutto Film Module

    Banazir Bhutto became the first female Prime Minister of Pakistan. She took office after a prolonged struggle against a dictator. Bhutto was elected due to her encouragement of democracy and the importance of the people.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • A History of Pakistan | Bhutto Film Module

    This module shows a brief montage of the pivotal moments in Pakistan's birth as a nation, and the critical economic, political and social issues that the country faces.

    Grades: 9-12

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