It’s been a big couple of days here in my little part of the world, and a big coupe of weeks for those of you living in countries affected by COVID-19. This Sunday’s post will detail a whole heap of business related and fun ideas to keep yourself going through the thick of this crisis. For now, settle in with a wine, coffee, beer or other beverage of your choosing and lets chat about all the reasons I love Jacinda Ardern. Jacinda Ardern became New Zealand’s youngest Party leader, two months later she became the youngest Prime Minister in over 100 years and it’s youngest female Prime Minister ever.
this image was found here.
I first heard the name Jacinda Ardern in 2018, when she gave birth. All my mother could do was talk about how poised and wonderful she was. I thought it was pretty cool and went on with my life. It wasn’t until last year, following the devastating Christchurch attacks, that I realised that Ardern was a woman I would aspire to be every day for the rest of my life. In the wake of the Christchurch attack, the world saw something refreshing… a leader who spoke well and showed love.
In the days and weeks that followed, newspapers and programmes, facebook, twitter and every other form of social media became inundated with praise for Ardern. Images of the New Zealand PM embracing those in the Islamic community, wearing a black headscarf out of respect circulated the world. Jacinda Ardern was clear that this was a terrorist attack, a statement that had barely been used in relation to attacks carried out by Caucasians.
Ardern urged the public to cease watching the video that was live streamed to facebook by the attacker. She refused to speak his name, reminding the public that he would want that, to be known for his crimes. She didn’t want to give him that satisfaction, she made it clear that the names of those lost should be spoken, remembered.
“He may have sought notoriety, but we in New Zealand will give him nothing. Not even his name.”exact quote found here, on the Marie Claire website.
Jacinda Ardern takes care of her people, of everyone in New Zealand. She shows that she is human, that she cares, and expressed clear empathy. She rallied the people of New Zealand, reminding them ‘we are one.’
Today, I was told of her response to the COVD-19 crisis. Again, Ardern is ensuring the people of New Zealand are looked after. Always the inspiring light in times of crisis. Empathetic, sincere, human.
Do you like Jacinda? Why or why not? Who is a woman that inspires you? Let me know in the comments!