Just one month on from prime minister Jacinda Ardern's landslide reelection, New Zealand has made yet another groundbreaking move.
Here's the full story...
Just one month ago, Jacinda Ardern won the New Zealand election.
via: Getty ImagesArdern secured 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 ImagesBecause today, the news has come in that the country's first hijabi police officer has been hired!
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...Ardern's approach is certainly one of the most celebrated, especially when it comes down to how fast she acted.
The way she's navigated the pandemic has been widely praised...According to Vogue, a recent poll found that Ardern is the country’s most popular leader in a hundred years, with ninety-two percent of respondents saying they support the measures she has implemented.
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, for example.
via: Getty ImagesOn March 15, 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 even more 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 the 3rd 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 now, the progressive country has achieved yet another milestone.