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Feature: Women we admire

Just recently, we saw Jacinda Ardern deliver her final speech in the New Zealand parliament. During her time as Prime Minister, Ardern made headlines around the world for her strong leadership style and compassionate approach to governance. But what makes her such an admirable leader, especially for women?

For starters, Ardern is the third woman to ever hold the position of Prime Minister in New Zealand, and the youngest in over 150 years. She has shattered glass ceilings and inspired women all over the world to believe that they too can hold positions of power and make a difference.

Ardern's leadership style is characterised by empathy, inclusivity, and a deep commitment to social justice. She has been an outspoken advocate for issues such as mental health, child poverty, and gender equality. In fact, one of her first actions as Prime Minister was to establish a Ministry for Women, with the aim of promoting gender equality and women's rights in New Zealand.

But Ardern's leadership goes beyond just policies and initiatives. She is known for her compassionate response to crises and her ability to connect with people on a personal level. In the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings in 2019, Ardern's heartfelt response and unwavering support for the Muslim community earned her widespread praise and admiration.

Ardern's leadership style is also characterised by her willingness to listen and collaborate with others. She has been praised for her ability to work across party lines and bring diverse groups of people together to tackle complex issues. This collaborative approach has been particularly evident in her government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been widely praised as one of the most effective in the world.

Ardern's success as a leader has also had a ripple effect on women in politics and leadership around the world. She has become a role model for women, showing that it is possible to be a compassionate and effective leader without sacrificing one's values or identity. Her success has inspired many women to run for office and pursue leadership positions in their own communities.

We admire the way in which Ardern chose to step back from politics, and believe she is one of the most revered role models amongst our community. We thank her for her leadership, and for what it did for women everywhere.


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