Some faceless Stuff sub-editor is probably not going to be too popular with Helen Clark, the head of the UNDP after the above captioning. But the story is significant nonetheless:
Former prime minister Helen Clark is well known in these parts, but according to an international journal she is one of the world's most powerful unheard-of women.In its recent issue, Foreign Policy unveiled its list of the 25 women around the world who hold considerable power but are relatively unknown.Clark came in at number one.After becoming New Zealand's first elected female prime minister and winning three consecutive elections, Clark left Parliament following Labour's loss in the 2008 general election.She went on to head the United Nations Development Programme.In the article she appeared ''undaunted'' by dealing with cholera in Haiti and famine in Somalia.''Her top goal as administrator, she said last fall, is no less than to eradicate extreme poverty around the world.''Other women on the list included Chinese state councillor Liu Yandong, United States Treasury undersecretary for international affairs Lael Brainard and Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.The article said the likes of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff got all the attention, ''but they're not the only female leaders running the world''.
We suppose that this reality check is needed to let us know just how small New Zealand is in global terms, and on how little a splash the big fish in our domestic pond make in the big pool. We certainly would have expected Helen Clark to have better recognition.