Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has won a prestigious award from Harvard University in the United States.
The prize is accompanied by a $ 150,000 (NZ 210,000) cash prize, which Ardern said would like to go on a scholarship for a New Zealand student to attend Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
The Harvard Kennedy Gleitsman School of Center for Public Leadership International Activist Award will be officially presented to Artern in a virtual ceremony on December 1st.
The award is given each year to “an individual or group whose leadership in social action has improved the quality of life in the United States and around the world.”
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Previous winners include Malala Yousafzai, Tarana Burke, Nelson Mandela, Gloria Steinem and John Lewis.
Kennedy School professor of public leadership Wendy Sherman, Arden said, “is an example of leadership, effective and equitable leadership, just the kind of leadership our students aspire to.
“She has exercised a steady and fast hand, an open mind and a strong reflection of her entire community in dealing with the challenges of terror, earthquakes and now Covid-19,” Sherman said.
“The prime minister reminds us all that strength, compassion, science, clear communication, humility and activism go hand in hand to create positive results.”
A release from Harvard praised Ardern’s goal of carbon neutrality in 2050 and its “compassionate determination” following the March 15 attack.
Harvard also praised the Covid-19 government’s response, noting that New Zealand recorded “low rates of disease transmission and death through clear, scientific mandates and responsive support for citizens and the medical community.”