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Women at the 2019 World Summit

The philanthropist and ex-show of queen Oprah Winfrey interviewed the most important names and the world's leading leaders of our time.

But the response of Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, to the massacre of the Christchurch mosque last month was a leadership show that Winfrey says "never saw her."

In his main speech at the Women's Summit in the world in New York today, Winfrey proffered Mrs. Ardern prayers for a crowd, at the Lincoln Center. The annual event presents speeches and general discussions on the central question: "Can women save the world?"

"I've never seen such a leadership," said Winfrey. "The prime minister is a woman who is so brave in her convictions and set a world standard for leadership with her response."

Few hours after a gunman opened fire on two mosques and killed 50 people – including children – and injured another 31, Mrs. Ardern appeared before the nation. She condemned the firings, tagged the attacks "terrorism" and said that the authors had "no place in New Zealand."

The next day, Miss Ardern met with the Muslim community of Christchurch, after telling them that it was "for you to determine" how his time should go there.

He wore a black scarf, hugged a mother, listened to the debtors attentively, and told the community that the nation was "united by suffering." His response was considered inclusive, compassionate and genuine.

"So women across the country showed their solidarity when using head scarves to emulate the hijab that Miss Ardern chose to cry and the Arab community felt benevolence," said Winfrey today.

"Fifty murders could bring even more destruction, but led to a portrait of the prime minister along the tallest building in Dubai with the word" peace "shining above him."

At that time, the special rapporteur for the United Nations culture, Karima Bennoune, went to Twitter to challenge the movement, pointing to the case of Nasrin Sotoudeh, convicted and detained years in jail for defending women who participated in a viral protest against the Veil obligation Iran.

It was one of the criticisms that beat Ms Ardern's response.

But Winfrey said that Miss Ardern "projected peace and kindness and the Arab world have rejected it so that we all accept."

"And we suddenly saw that the other did not seem very different from us," he said.

Within 10 days after the attack, Ms. Ardern announced that he would introduce tougher laws on firearms in New Zealand. His deputy Winston Peters, leader of the power-sharing party and normally the anti-regulatory party NZ First, said he supported the decision.

Winfrey said that America needed to change their conversations around several issues, including weapons laws.

"We live in a country that in some way confused cruel with fun, serious with intelligent attitude and belief, with personal freedom with weapons of aggression and what is moral with what is legal," he said.

"It is time for women in the world to help with the agenda. It's time for women to redefine the message. We need this message to be positive. We will make it ambitious and inclusive, and full of hope."

According to Winfrey, those who need inspiration should only look in the direction of Ms Ardern.

"We have to make the election every day to channel our interior Jacindas, to exemplify the truth, the respect and the grace that we really want for the world," he said.

"We need to count it, write it, sing it, proclaim it … we need to be the truth, the respect, we must be the bravery, the love that we want to see." And when we do this, mark my words … it's changing. "

The summit works for three days at the Lincoln Center in New York.

megan.palin@news.com.au | @Man_Palin

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