This week we all heard the news that Jacinda Ardern has decided to resign and I have to say, I admire her so much for saying she’s had enough. As someone who doesn’t have much left in the tank myself, I certainly appreciate the sentiment.
However, something I believe may have surprised many this week, is the ugly response to this news. On the global stage, she is admired as a leader of strength and compassion, and on the whole, that is how the global media has portrayed her.
But in her own country, New Zealand, it turns out she is not loved by all. If you have any Kiwi friends you may already have been aware of this, but if you don’t, it might have shocked you. In politics, of course there will always be people opposed to a leader, however, the ugliness that has come through has been shocking for many.
When I saw this article yesterday, I posted this comment on social media:
Dear men and women of the world. If we are to overcome the divisions between us, as well as come together to solve the enormous challenges we face, then we MUST address the rising hatred towards women – online and off. This sort of language will make the bravest female think twice before putting herself out there, and if we do not have equal representation, as well as diverse representation, then we cannot succeed as a global community.
It also means we can never attract the kind of leadership the world needs to overcome our challenges. Why would you willingly step into that?
The people leading this ugly war are not on your side, in fact, I don’t know whose side they are on, but it’s not a side that’s good for all of us – remember, equality is good for everyone, EVERYONE.
We must not step back from this fight, and we cannot let these people silence our voices – something they ARE succeeding at. Please, step in and speak up, because if we all do, there will be too many of us to attack.
We must face this. We must address this. It’s not about Jacinda Adern, it’s about a much bigger problem and it’s getting worse.
Our future requires different leaders
We have MASSIVE challenges to overcome as a global society, and while no leader will ever be loved by all, we can never attract the quality of leadership the world needs to move forward if we let this continue unchecked.
An environment like this means the strong man type leader is what we’ll get, and honestly, that will result in a miserable future for all of us, so we have to address the hatred, especially towards women and people of colour.
Please, call it out every time you see it. Speak to anyone you know that engages in conversations this way. Say enough! It’s OK to criticise policies and decisions government leaders make, it’s not OK to criticise the way a person looks, it’s not ok to degrade someone, and it’s definitely not OK to threaten their life.
We really do need to get this under control in our societies. Hate is destroying us, and if we continue, it will lead us to a terrible future. We must address it, now. Everywhere.
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Why Overpopulation is Actually a Problem
The Melodrama of Climate Change Denial (greeneuropeanjournal.eu) tks Oliver Gill
Why your recycling doesn’t always get recycled tks David Lim
Phuket Opinion: Taking the strain tks Steve Johnson
Warning of unprecedented heatwaves as El Niño set to return in 2023 tks Kevin Cottam
UAE’s Cop28 president will keep role as head of national oil company tks Samantha Gayfer
Comedian Leaves Oxford Union SPEECHLESS – tks Dion Jensen
Ukraine War: Putin critic says Davos is ‘complete nonsense’
Business and technology
2023 Edelman Trust Barometer | Edelman tks Damian Corbet
The lure of Singapore: Chinese flock to ‘Asia’s Switzerland’ tks Kevin Cottam
Cyber attacks set to become ‘uninsurable’, says Zurich chief tks Kevin Cottam
Social fabric weakens amid deepening divisions tks Damian Corbet
Why does my sleep become worse as I age? Tks David Lim
Passion, humour, history
TheGNShow S19 E03 Ricky Gervais, Eric Bana and more
Let me know what jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!
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