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London Mayor Sadiq Khan in his first interview at Alhamra cultural hall in Lahore yesterday stated that he is a ‘proud feminist’.
Talking about cultural values and the underrepresentation of women in society he said, “We have a parliament where there are statues of great people who are all men. [As] somebody who’s a proud feminist, I find it objectionable there’s no statue of a great woman. After I’ve become the mayor, the parliament will have its first statue of a woman.”
He started with his explanation of the culture and its impacts on the society. Mayor said, “Culture can change values and attitudes. Good culture reflects society, great culture shapes society and when you think about things that can inspire you – a movie, song, piece of theatre or statue – they can inspire you and change your behaviour. That’s why it matters.”
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He further said that “My two daughters need to know there are great women whose shoulders I stand on, my city has and has had great women, but my daughters are great girls and will be great women. And that’s why it’s really important. And I’m surrounded by strong women: my wife, sister, mother, daughters.”
Sadiq Khan deeply shared his thoughts on the role of women empowerment in an interview that was moderated by TV anchor Munizae Jehangir.
He also humbly talked about the roots his parents and grandparents have in Pakistan.
At the same event, Khan also met singer Ali Zafar and Momina Mustehsan.
However, he again proved himself a smart and clever politician when he wittingly responded to a question from a BBC reporter who asked if visiting Pakistan ‘was like coming home’.
Sadiq Khan with a grin quickly replied to the reporter that “Home’s South London mate!”.
The mayor is on his six-day trip to India-Pakistan and reached the last destination of his trip, Karachi today.