Jacinda Arden made history when she became one of the youngest Prime Ministers in the world. In 2017, Arden was elected as New Zealand’s prime minister at the age of 37 and in just 3 short years, has made her mark on the world.
New Zealand is a country with a pretty small population, only about 5 million. New Zealander’s have always had trust in their representatives but with Arden there came a new faith that the world usually doesn’t have.
After Benazir Bhutto, Jacinda Arden is the second woman in this century to have given birth while being the Prime Minister of a country.
Arden really popped up on everyone’s radar in 2018, when she became the first woman to attend a UN meeting with her baby. As her baby was still breastfed she had to bring her along and while Arden gave her speech her partner, Clarke Gayford, who is Neve’s primary caretaker, had the baby in his lap.
Safe to say baby Neve stole the show that year.
While Arden was still on maternity leave, she reformed the families package announcing it by going live on Facboook from her couch at home. This extended paid parental leaves from 18 to 22 weeks, and to 26 weeks from July 2020.
Newborns will also be entitled to a NZ$60 a week payment for the first year of it’s life with some families able to claim the payment till the child reaches the age of 3.
In 2018, the Christchurch shooting on a Mosque left 51 Muslims dead. The world saw immediate action from Arden. She asked for an investigation to see how the weapons used in the shooting were acquired and upon finding out how easy and legal they were, she had all weapons of that sort banned within the week.
She also made sure to never name the shooter – rendering him anonymous meant that he’d never get the fame he wanted, his name would disappear without ever being known.
In December 2019, she had to deal with a volcano eruption. Something previous leaders didn’t even have to think about. She promptly reacted and created a plan for resource allocation so the families affected weren’t left to fend for themselves.
Jacinda Arden also passed a landmark climate change legislation which aims to make New Zealand mostly carbon-neutral. The Zero Carbon Bill has the target of achieving zero-carbon emissions by 2050. She also aims to flip the country around to run entirely on renewable energy by 2035.
The most recent and famous one of her achievements is how she dealt with he COVID-19 Pandemic and has already won the battle against the virus. New Zealand has already started reopening everything and lives are going back to normal.
Arden has only been in office for 3 years and she’s already become a name that the whole world is familiar with. Maybe it’s time that the rest of the world leaders started thinking and acting like Jacinda Arden does – by putting the people first and making sure things get done.