More than 20,000 people have signed petitions calling for New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to win the Nobel Peace Prize for her response to a pair of mosque shootings that killed 50 people.
A change.org petition to the United Nations had gained more than 20,000 signatures as of Sunday morning. A French petition calling for the prime minister to win the prestigious annual award had nearly 3,000 signatures.
“If a Nobel Prize for Peace could be given to a spontaneous statement for wisdom and courage, rather to a person, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern deserves it,” a message on the change.org petition reads.
The statement goes on to praise Ardern for her advocacy on gun control legislation, adding that her “strong leadership after the shootings in Christchurch… could teach a thing or two to other world leaders who at times have come short when tragedy strikes.”
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