On Friday 15th March 2019, the people of New Zealand were subjected to an terrorist attack.
The Strong Sisters in their weekly session on the following Sunday discussed the incident and the leadership of Jacinda Arden, Prime Minister of New Zealand.
The demography of our Strong Sisters is quite diverse, allowing a platform of learning, understanding of cultural, societal, religious and personal differences amongst our Sisters; thus forming a sound basis for the group’s open and caring nature.
Jacinda Arden – an inspiration
“We represent diversity, kindness, compassion. A home for those who share our values, refuge for those who need it.”
Jacinda Ardern: 40th Prime Minister of New Zealand, 38 years old and a female leader.
Being raised from a background where her father worked as a police officer and her mother, a school catering assistant, she was brought into the political scene by her aunt, Marie Ardern, who was a long standing member of the Labour Party. Her aunt recruited her into a campagn for New Plymouth MP, Henry Duynhoven, during his re-election campaign at the 1999 General Election. She later herself joined the Labour Party at the age of 17.
Since her graduation from the University of Waikato in 2001, her career began working as a researcher in the office of the current prime minister at the time, Helen Clark, and later she worked in the U.K, as a policy advisor for Tony Blair. Besides being in politics, Ardern volunteered at a Soup Kitchen in New York.
In 2008, she was elected as prime minister of the International Society of Socialist youth, an organisation founded in 1907 which was based on socialist principles of democracy, human rights and youth policy.
Fun Fact: She was the 2nd elected head of government to give birth while in office when her daughter was born on the 21st June 2018!
Why Jacinda Ardern is important to us?
In the recent events of the Christchurch attacks in New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern’s response was greatly acknowledged by the public eye worldwide. While condemning the terror attack that unfolded on Friday 15th March 2019, Jacinda Ardern brought a new hope to the world and restored faith back into humanity which everyone believe had been long lost and almost seemed irretrievable.
Following the attacks, an Islamic prayer initiated the debates in Parliament of New Zealand from which Ardern talked directly to the families of the victims, “We cannot know your grief, but we can walk with you at every stage.” Inspired by Ardern herself, a series of acts of kindness sparked by the community of Christchurch filled the hearts of the world with a new warmth. This is something no other political leader could have ever done like Jacinda Ardern has.
Jacinda Ardern: a female leader, an inspiration and someone who has shown us how small acts of kindness can change the world.
Research and Post by Strong Sisters: Fatimah and Salihah