Jacinda Ardern at the 29th Annual National Conference of Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand in Mangere.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has promised to sit down in a workshop with Muslim women aspiring for a career in politics.
She made the personal commitment at the Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand annual conference in Māngere in south Auckland on Saturday.
Ardern was asked a question from the floor on what opportunities there were for Muslim women who wanted to be leaders in their community and local government.
Ardern turned the question around and asked how many women in the room had the same aspirations.
Almost half the women in the hall shot their hand up.
Ardern said it was a good opportunity to create a workshop and connect Muslim women with leaders in their own communities and government organisations.
“I will be there,” she said.
She also spoke about steps the Government was taking to create equal opportunities for all New Zealanders, ways to combat discrimination and racism, and the important role education played in this.
Ardern also reflected on the March 15 mosque attacks and how resilient the nation has been in the past five months.