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Dear Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern,
Congratulations on your appointment as Prime Minister for another term.
I am writing to you today because I want our country to be a world leader in gender equality. It is time for us to have a gender-balanced cabinet leading our nation’s decisions and future.
With a Labour caucus of over 50% women, a parliament made up of 48% women (pending final count), and a population of 50% women, there is a clear responsibility to ensure equal representation in the most senior level of government positions.
In 2017, you expressed disappointment at the make-up of cabinet and vowed to bring more women in. With a firm mandate, you now have that opportunity. You can break the trend of women's under-representation in cabinet, which has hovered around 25 to 30% for over 20 years. You can make history and form New Zealand’s first gender-balanced cabinet, ensuring that women have equal say in shaping policy decisions.
New Zealand must take proactive steps to lift more Kiwi women into senior leadership roles, and the deliberate selection of an equal number of women and men for cabinet is an effective solution to help dismantle structural, gender-biased barriers holding women back from New Zealand’s most senior government jobs.
This goal of a 50/50 cabinet is backed by the United Nations, the National Council of Women of New Zealand which represents over 200 organisations nationwide, and by former Prime Minister Helen Clark.
Finally, I would like to share an article about the importance of forming a gender-balanced cabinet, published in The Spinoff: Three years ago, Ardern set a goal of 50% women in cabinet. Now she must deliver. I hope you have a spare moment to read this and consider it ahead of making your cabinet selections.
Aotearoa is ready for our first-ever cabinet fuelled with the talent, perspective, and passion of an equal number of women and men. Please use your position to lift up other deserving, capable women by forming a gender-balanced cabinet.
Thank you for considering my email.