Women leaders during the COVID – 19 crisis

Women around the world have proved themselves better than men in many aspects of life. Rather than having the traditional lifestyle of being a housewife; staying at home and looking after the family, women have stepped outside the comfort zone to contribute their part to the world.

Female leaders constitute only about 10% of the countries in the world. Despite this, they have been quicker to curtail the spread of the virus and thereby reducing the death rate of the population.

From the horrid situation in the world, it has been seen that female leaders have been more understanding and quick to take action to prevent further damage. This can be due to the psychology of women. Generally women have a more sympathetic and caring nature. On the other hand, men can be over confident and take unnecessary risks.

Silveria Jacobs, the 51 year old prime minister of the Caribbean nation of Sint Maarten had announced on April 1st “Simply. Stop. Moving. If you do not have the type of bread you like in your house, eat crackers. If you do not have bread, eat cereal, eat oats, sardines.”

Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s Prime Minister took swift action. She stated “To be absolutely clear, we are now asking all New Zealanders who are outside essential services to stay at home and to stop all interaction with others outside of those in your household.”

As early as December last year, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen immediately ordered restriction of flights from nearby countries. She also started an epidemic command center and increased mass production of personal protective equipment such as face masks.

In stark contrast, UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and health secretary Matt Hancock were tested positive on the same day. Apparently Mr Johnson had been shaking hands with everybody despite the WHO’s advice to stop shaking hands. Mr Hancock also took it for granted that as long as you wash your hands more often, it was okay to shake someone’s hand. Mr Johnson claimed that the virus would not stop him from shaking hands with hospital patients. But the ending of March saw the Prime Minister self isolating and working from home.

President Donald Trump has been heavily criticized for suggesting the injection of disinfectant as part of the treatment. An official presented results from research by the US government which showed that the virus can weaken when exposed to sunlight and heat. However all these so-called “treatments” are poisonous to our body which can cause more damage and hardly any cure. Up to date, the United States has the highest number of confirmed cases in the world.

It has been shown that the female leaders have acted early, making the right decisions. They have been recognized and applauded by the WHO and UN. The UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has observed “We have created a world where women are squeezed into just 25% – one quarter – of the space, both in physical decision-making rooms, and in the stories that we tell about our lives. One quarter is not enough.”

Perhaps if there were more female leaders, it would be more beneficial especially in such cases which require rational thinking and quick action.

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