Countries are facing a global crisis right now. The spread of the novel coronavirus turned into a pandemic more than a month ago. The virus that started in December 2019 in China has now infected 2.7 million people across the globe and killed more than 193,00. Leaders all over the world are having a hard time dealing with it, especially those hit by the virus early on. Additionally, there are leaders who have not yet grasped how dangerous this virus is. Donald Trump insists on reopening the economy as soon as possible, even though the USA has more than 900,000 cases, the highest in the world.
However, there are many leaders who are handling the crisis better than others. Incidentally, all of these leaders are women.
The responses made by New Zealand, Germany, Finland, and Taiwan have been appreciated previously.
Here are other women leaders who are handling the crisis like a boss.
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Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde released a joint appeal with Singapore’s President Halima Yacob and other national leaders to call for a united front against the virus.
“We can contain and counter COVID-19 more effectively by knocking down the barriers that hinder knowledge exchange and co-operation. Crises like these tend to bring out both the best and the worst in people. It is our responsibility as leaders to encourage the former and contain the latter.”
Being a small country, Georgia does not have the resources to sufficiently fight a full-fledged outbreak of the virus. Thus, Salome Zourabichvili did her best to contain the virus as early as possible.
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Georgia suspended direct flights with emerging hot spots, and started profiling and quarantining travellers from abroad. The government decided to close down schools and impose targeted lockdowns when the country had just 3 confirmed cases.
In early February, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina started the evacuation of Bangladeshi citizens from China. Post the closure of schools and colleges in early March, Hasina installed screening tech at international airports that enabled them to screen nearly 650,000 travellers.
Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari donated two months’ worth of her salary to the ‘Coronavirus Infection Prevention, Control and Treatment Fund’.