It's barely been 2 weeks since Jacinda Ardern was re-elected, and she's made yet another groundbreaking move...
Just over 2 weeks ago, Jacinda Ardern won the New Zealand election.
via: Getty ImagesArdern won a second term as Prime Minister of New Zealand after her opponent Judith Collins conceded before all the votes had been counted.
And it appears she's wasted no time in making even more positive changes.
via: Getty ImagesThis week, the news came in that Arden has appointed the country’s first indigenous female foreign minister.
This is a huge deal for the country.
via: Getty ImagesAnd that's not the only positive change to come of it.
To recap, Ardern first became Prime Minister in 2017.
via: Getty ImagesAnd she immediately stood out from the rest.
For instance, when it comes to how world leaders have responded to the pandemic...
The prime minister of New Zealand has declared the covid 19 crisis is over. The country is expected to back to old… https://t.co/IGn02dcHhm— david watkins (@david watkins)1600463761.0
The way she's navigated the pandemic has been heavily praised...
Man thank god we live in New Zealand— Nick (@Nick)1600476946.0
But, let's put the pandemic aside for a second.
via: Getty ImagesThere are a whole host of other factors that have led Ardern to be held in such high regard.
Take her response to the Christchurch shootings last year.
via: Getty ImagesOn 15 March 2019, New Zealand, for the first time in its modern history, witnessed a horrific terrorist attack on the Muslim community.
Fifty-one people lost their lives.
via: Getty ImagesArdern, who is agnostic, held a press conference to deliver a message to bring her country's citizens together. “They are us," she said of the victims. “New Zealand has been chosen because it was safe, because it was no place for hatred or racism. Because we represent diversity, kindness, compassion, home for those who share our values. Refuge for those who need it." Then, addressing the shooter, she said: “You may have chosen us – we utterly reject and condemn you."
Her next move?
via: Getty ImagesShe immediately implemented tighter gun laws across the nation.
The move drew in widespread praise.
Jacinda Ardern PM of New Zealand, in the midst of #Christchurch mourning their Muslim community,is managing to demo… https://t.co/f5Mas3AqZq— Dr Lauren Gavaghan (@Dr Lauren Gavaghan)1552817654.0
New Zealand has also become the latest country to stamp down on period poverty.
via: Getty ImagesFor Ardern, it's clear that achieving gender equality is at the top of her agenda. "Kindness, and not being afraid to be kind, or to focus on, or be really driven by empathy," she has said of what is at the core of her leadership approach. “I think one of the sad things that I’ve seen in political leadership is – because we’ve placed over time so much emphasis on notions of assertiveness and strength – that we probably have assumed that it means you can’t have those other qualities of kindness and empathy. And yet, when you think about all the big challenges that we face in the world, that’s probably the quality we need the most."
It's not hard to see why Ardern is so passionate about women's rights.
via: Getty ImagesShe is only the third female prime minister of New Zealand, and at forty-years-old, the second youngest prime minister, and the youngest female prime minister.
Ardern recently announced that sanitary products will be free for young women in schools across the country from 2021...
via: Getty ImagesArdern said that sanitary supplies for a monthly period were not a luxury, but a necessity, and that too many girls were skipping school because they weren’t able to afford pads and tampons. “We know that nearly 95,000 9-to-eighteen-year-olds may stay at home during their periods due to not being able to afford period products. By making them freely available, we support these young people to continue learning at school," she said at the time.
Before the COVID outbreak, Ardern also had to deal with a volcano eruption in New Zealand.
via: Getty ImagesAnd, she was once again praised for her empathetic approach to the disaster, which claimed the lives of sixteen people. Paying tribute to those who were tragically killed, she said: “Many people did extraordinary things to save lives, those who have been lost are now forever linked to New Zealand, and we will hold them close."
So, it's safe to say that in terms of leadership, New Zealand is faring pretty well.
via: Getty ImagesAnd, as the nation had expected, Arden was victorious in last month's election, despite it being the first landslide victory in over twenty years.
And now, she has appointed the country’s first indigenous female foreign minister.
via: Getty ImagesNanaia Mahuta is both the first female foreign minister and the first female Māori woman to have been given the position.
People are now hailing this as the most diverse parliamentary cabinet in the world...
via: Getty ImagesMahuta also dons a moko kauae, a traditional Māori tattoo, on her chin, making her the country’s first female member of parliament to have one.
The fifty-year-old opened up about her new position in a statement, as per Radio New Zealand:
via: Getty Images"We’re the first country to give women the right to vote, the first country to ensure that we are progressive on issues relating to women."
via: Getty Images"So I follow in the line of a long legacy of firsts for women, and I hope many other women of Māori and mixed descent across New Zealand will see this as lifting the ceiling once again on areas that have been very much closed to us in terms of professional opportunities."
On top of this, Ardern’s parliament will be nearly fifty percent women, according to CNN.
via: Getty ImagesPlacing it much higher than the global average of twenty-five percent.
In addition, around ten percent of cabinet members are part of the LGBTQ+ community.
via: Getty Images"This is a cabinet and an executive that is based on merit that also happen to be incredibly diverse and I am proud of that. They reflect the New Zealand that elected them," Arden said. What an incredible step in the right direction. For more on New Zealand, scroll on for how they handled the pandemic...