The prime ministers of Finland and New Zealand reacted strongly to a journalist’s assertion that their meeting was set up because of their similar ages.
Social media users have also taken notice of the two female leaders’ answers to the reporter’s question at their joint news conference.
A reporter in a video of Jacinda Ardern and Sanna Marin’s press conference said, “A lot of people must be wondering whether you are meeting because both of you are the same age and both have many things in common?” The video has gone viral on social media.
“I wonder if anybody ever posed this question to former US President Barack Obama and former New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, do they meet because they are the same age,” Jacinda Ardern said.
Barack Obama and John Key were born a few days apart in 1961.
“Two women meet not simply because they both have a gender,” Jacinda Ardern continued. The value of Finland’s exports to New Zealand was $199 million, she said.
It is our duty as heads of state to further promote New Zealand’s $14 million worth of exports to Finland the majority of which are in the wine and meat industries, she added.
Jacinda Ardern and Sanna Marin both agreed that the reason they were meeting was that they were both prime ministers. Marin, the first female prime minister of Finland, made her first official trip to New Zealand.
Sanna Marin stated that in order for women to have the same rights as men everywhere all parties wanted to stand together on this subject.
Social media users have given the two female prime ministers great acclaim for their replies while harsh criticism has been levelled at the reporter for his disrespectful question.
A video of the two female leaders’ news conference was also posted on Twitter by Amnesty International along with the hashtag “women’s rights.”
This shutdown from New Zealand and Finland Prime Ministers, Jacinda Ardern and Sanna Marin 😮
Women's rights are human rights! pic.twitter.com/5BupOVP2zA
— Amnesty International (@amnesty) December 1, 2022