Jacinda Ardern is being hailed for her leadership as New Zealand hurts from a mass shooting. Within 24 hours, she has not only brought changes in the gun law but also addressed the muslim community in New Zealand saying the nation stands united in grief.
The prime minister is being praised for her compassion, especially a video showing her reassuring the muslim community went viral. She met with Muslim community members and leaders to reassure them that New Zealand stood with them following a terror attack on two mosques.
Wearing a black scarf over her head, she reiterated New Zealand’s solidarity with the community.
Social media praised her for her calm and empathy at the time of crisis.
Can you imagine having a leader of a country showing this kind of empathy?
Thank you, Jacinda Ardern, for reminding the world what a Leader is and could be.pic.twitter.com/uYcGGS9ccB
— Jonny Geller (@JonnyGeller) March 17, 2019
The day after the attack, Ardern visited Kilbirnie Mosque in the capital city of Wellington. Wearing a headscarf, while crying, she hugged relatives of the dead and expressed solidarity with the country’s Muslims.
Among the many faces & stories I’ll remember from the #ChristChurchMosque tragedy, I will never forget Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. What a remarkable leader. Not only did she ban assault weapons following the incident, she’s offered financial assistance to the victims familes. pic.twitter.com/LT7cCqjPhK
— Faiza N. Ali (@faiza_n_ali) March 17, 2019
Jacinda Arden is the world’s youngest female head of state at 38 years. She has been in the headlines for many praiseworthy reasons aside of being such a young leader. She discovered she was pregnant just days before being sworn into office in 2017. When she did have her baby, Jacinda Ardern went on maternity leave for six weeks, positively signalling for working women.
“Ardern’s performance has been extraordinary – and I believe she will be strongly lauded for it both domestically and internationally,” said political commentator Bryce Edwards of Victoria University in Wellington.