New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has wrn the Islamic hijab on her head again, in an appearance at the Islamic Women’s Council national conference in Auckland on Saturday.
Ardern famously wore the hijab when consoling victims of the March 15 Christchurch mosque terror attack carried out by Australian white nationalist Brenton Tarrant. He is currently in custody awaiting trial for 51 counts of murder and 40 counts of attempted murder.
The photo of Ardern embracing a Muslim woman while wearing the hijab went viral worldwide as a display of tolerance and against hate. It was considered so touching that Melbourne street artist Loretta Lizzio raised $11,000 to paint a 25-metre mural of the image on a silo in the suburb of Brunswick. It was unveiled on May 22.
The purpose of Ardern’s address on Saturday was to encourage Muslims to aspire to leadership positions in the community and government, as well as continue to offer a message of heeling five months after the Christchurch attack.
She stated, “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.”
Ardern had one concrete idea about how to achieve this: “I will be there and we can have this conversation, that would be great. So let’s be practical and start politics bootcamp.”
Many female western politicians feel the need, when they visit an Islamic community in their own nation, that they must wear the hijab. But wearing the hijab is not specified in the Quran, which only instructs men and women to dress modestly.
Australia’s two federal female Muslim politicians Dr Anne Aly of Labor and the Greens Mehreen Faruqi do not wear the hijab.
Two members of the United States Congress grouping “the Squad” are female Muslims. One, Ilhan Omar, does wear the hijab; the other, Rashida Tlaib, does not.
Some Muslim women have stated that these non-Muslim western female politicians, believing they should wear the hijab to show respect to Muslims or just to virtue-signal their tolerance, are limiting the choice of Muslim women about how they dress by creating a climate where they are expected to wear the hijab.
Despite the world’s left falling in love with her, Jacinda is facing an increasingly unhappy electorate in the nation she actually governs, New Zealand. Her globetrotting h seen her labelled a part-time Prime Minister by Opposition leader Simon .
When she presented the Bledisloe Cup to the New Zealand national rugby team at Eden Park in Auckland on August 17, she was booed by the local crowd.
This was two days Australian broadcaster Alan Jones said Scott Morrison should “shove a sock down her throat.” Despite the outrage in , it seems New Zealanders felt no desire to rally around their Prime Minister.
New Zealanders go the polls in the second half of 2020. Jacinda Ardern only became Prime Minister after the 2017 election after forming a rainbow Coalition with the nationalist New Zealand First Party and the local Greens party.
The opposition National Party has recently taken a lead in the polls. Ardern will need to focus on the welfare of all her own countrymen if she wants to be reelected.
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Tim Wilms is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of theunshackled.net, he is the Host of the WilmsFront live internet show, and co-host of The Uncuckables and Trans Tasman Talk shows. He based in Melbourne, Australia where he also conducts field reports.
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