New Delhi: Former New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern urged women not to let motherhood come in the way of leadership roles. Jacinda Ardern is out of politics. “I leave this knowing I was the best mother I could be,” Ardern, 42, said in her speech to parliament in Wellington on Wednesday.
The January resignation of Ardern, who has earned a global reputation for her empathy and strong leadership, came as a shock. As a teenager, Ardern was associated with the country’s left parties. She worked in the office of the country’s last left-wing prime minister, Helen Clark. Apart from this, she was also an advisor to Tony Blair in Britain.
Jacinda Ardern will be remembered as a crisis manager who steered her country through its worst days during her five years in office. They included the Christchurch terrorist attack on two mosques in 2019 that killed 51 people. Later that year there was a volcanic eruption that killed 22 people, and then the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern handled all these disasters with responsibility.
In 2017, Jacinda Ardern, who was elected PM at the age of 37, became the youngest female head of state in the world at that time. She became the youngest Prime Minister of New Zealand after 1856. In 1990, former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto gave birth to a daughter while being the Prime Minister. She was the first leader in the world to become a mother while in office. In 2018, he was included in the list of 100 most powerful leaders in the world by Times magazine.
In April 2019, Ardern married her fiancé and live-in partner Clarke Gayford. Clarke is a TV presenter by profession. Both were in a relationship for a long time. Her party won a majority in the elections held in October 2020, after which her party formed the government in 2020 and Ardern once again became Prime Minister.