Finland’s Sanna Marin, New Zealand’s Ardern applaud at sexism press conference – POLITICO

First, she was criticized for dancing. Now Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin had to justify an official visit to New Zealand.

« A lot of people are going to wonder if you’re just dating because you’re the same age and have a lot in common there? » a reporter asked at a Marin-Ardern news conference in New Zealand on Wednesday.

Interrupting the reporter, Ardern, 42, said: ‘I wonder if anyone has ever asked or not [former U.S. President] Barack Obama and [New Zealand’s former PM] John Key if they met because they were the same age. She continued, « Because two women meet, it’s not just because of their gender. »

Marin added pointedly: « We meet because we are prime ministers. »

Marin said she came to New Zealand – becoming the first Finnish prime minister to visit the country on an official visit – to deepen ties, boost business opportunities and cooperate to fight climate change. and other challenges.

This is not the first controversy over sexism and agism that Marin, 37, has been embroiled in since becoming Finland’s prime minister in 2019. Earlier this year, she came under attack over a leaked video that showed her dancing at a private party. Marin was forced to take a drug test – which came back negative, before an official investigation revealed she had not neglected her duties as prime minister.

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