Posted on April 6, 2023

Former New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern to Help Tackle Online Extremism

Alasdair Pal, Reuters, April 4, 2023

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will help tackle violent extremism online and will also be on the board of an environmental prize set up by Prince William {snip}

Ardern stepped down as prime minister in January saying she had “no more in the tank” to lead the country {snip}

Ardern, who became the youngest female leader in the world when she won power in 2017 at the age of 37, will serve as an unpaid special envoy for the Christchurch Call, an initiative she co-founded in 2019 to bring together countries and technology companies to combat extremism, the government said.

Attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand’s second-largest city, in March 2019 killed 51 people {snip}

“The Christchurch Call is a foreign policy priority for the government and Jacinda Ardern is uniquely placed to keep pushing forward with the goal of eliminating violent extremist content online,” her replacement as prime minister, Chris Hipkins, said in a statement.

“Terrorist and violent extremist content online is a global issue, but for many in New Zealand it is also very personal.”