By Grace Back
Countries with the most proactive response have one thing in common
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to test how the world’s most influential leaders respond to crisis, there’s one common denominator in those who have experienced the most proactive response so far: female leaders. From Taiwan to New Zealand, women are proving to the world how to manage an unpredictable situation with clarity and strength.
While many may claim countries with low contraction rates are due to their size or “other exceptions”, these leaders are in fact offering up an alternative way of wielding strength in times of unprecedented uncertainty. With quick responses and personable messaging, it’s an attractive and welcome view of handling a global pandemic.
Avivah Wittenberg-Cox breaks down female-led responses into four main traits for Forbes. They include ‘truth’, ‘love’, ‘tech’ and ‘decisiveness’, and goes on to prove how each has trumped male leaders “using the crisis to accelerate a terrifying trifecta of authoritarianism”, which includes “blaming others” and “demonising the media” tactics, as opposed to taking direct action.
Below, we’ve rounded up the female leaders proving just how effective they can be. Their responses differ greatly but offer the same overriding goal of flattening the curve and protecting their people.
#1 Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen
Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s first female president, has shown a sturdy composure throughout this global pandemic and is largely responsible for the island’s small number of fatalities. Ing-wen was one of the fastest leaders to move when the virus first began to spread, introducing 124 new measures to flatten its curve in January (before many countries had even recognised the global health crisis). Taiwan has also sent over 10 million masks to the US and Europe to help aid the growing number of cases.
As of April 14, the country has reported 393 confirmed COVID-19 cases with just 6 deaths.
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