Donning a cream-coloured hijab, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern agreed to organise a ‘politics bootcamp’ for Muslim women in aspiring to leadership.
Her comments came as she addressed the gathering of about 260 people at the Zayed College for Girls for the Islamic Women’s Council Conference in Māngere, South Auckland.
Responding to a question from 8-year-old Weaam Bassiouni, an Auckland Council staffer asking how Muslim women could “rise as leaders” in an environment where racism and challenges abound.
With a large show of hands, the Prime Minister said, “I would love for us to create a forum where we can spend some time together, as politicians and women with those who are interested in taking on leadership roles.”
Ms Ardern asked the audience who was interested to aspired to a career in politics and met with an uproar of applause from the crowd.
“I will be there and we can have this conversation,” she said.
“It would be wonderful, so let’s be practical and start politics bootcamp.”
Following the worst ever terror attack in New Zealand, the Prime Minister proves that she’s an example of how a leader should be.
The shooting at two mosques in Christchurch during the Friday prayers on 15 March, 2019, by an Australian-born gunman killed 49 people and wounded at least 48.