General Article New Zealand makes history with gender parity in cabinet

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‘Clearly, it is nice to have a cabinet that reflects the New Zealand population.’

By Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

New Zealand’s cabinet has achieved gender equality for the first time in the country’s history, less than a week after its third female leader Jacinda Ardern bade an emotional farewell to politics.

Parity was achieved on Tuesday with 10 women and 10 male members in cabinet after prime minister Chris Hipkins announced a reshuffle, promoting MP Willow-Jean Prime as conservation minister.

‘For the first time in New Zealand’s history, half of the people sitting around the cabinet table will be women,’ the prime minister said.

‘Clearly, it is nice to have a cabinet that reflects the New Zealand population,’ Mr Hipkins said, according to The New Zealand Herald.

‘And in fact, overall, there are more women in the executive than there are men if you count the ministers outside of the cabinet as well.’

The MP for Northland, Ms Prime will also hold the portfolios of minister of youth and ...

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