Women lead the Fight against the Virus – #underthemask

We have been interested for sometime in the new generation of female leaders across the world and impact their having on the economies they run – imagine our delight then, when we found an article in FORBES looking at the impact those leaders were having in the battle against COVID-19.

It’s early days, but the findings in the article written by Avivah Wittenberg-Cox seem to suggest that a response that is loving, considered and nurturing is producing different results to the ‘gung-ho’ response of fear driven machismo.

“From Iceland to Taiwan and from Germany to New Zealand, women are stepping up to show the world how to manage a messy patch for our human family.” She writes, “Add in Finland, Iceland and Denmark, and this pandemic is revealing that women have what it takes when the heat rises in our Houses of State..
Of course, the countries listed above are smaller nations, so Forbes draws attention to the German statistics. Though not lead by one of the charismatic new breed of heart-led change-makers, Germany is run by a women.
The article quotes Angela Merkel, who stood up early to the risk of the virus: “It’s series,”
she said, “take it seriously.” And the country listened.
Of the main European economies Germany is managing delivering better figures than most. Testing began straight away. And there are signs the restrictions may start to ease sooner than many of her neighbours.
Further afield, the liberal leaning lead of New Zealand Jacinda Arden acted with clarity and vision. She put visitors into self-isolation really early and then banned foreign visitors soon after. The country has (at time of writing) on suffered six deaths. And now, eeven returning nationals have to be quarantined for 14 days.
Katrin Jackobsdotir, in Iceland, is offering free testing to all citizens – whereas most countries have limited testing to those showing symptoms. As such the country has so far been able to a lockdown as such.



In Taiwan
the government, led by
Tsai Ing-wen introduced 124 mesures when the virus first appeared back in January – so far they have restricted fatalities to six, without having to instigate lockdown. The country is now sending 10million facemasks to the states, says the article.

The youngest world leader, Finland’s Sanna Marin used social media ‘influencers’ to spread the word and also in Scandinavia Mette Frederiksen went on children’s TV to tell kids it was ok to be scared.
The article invites us to compare those interventions to the bravado of Boris, the jingoism of Trump… you know where we’re going, right?
The article shows this table of data from European Centre for Disease Control

I am delighted to see these figures and to be presented with another opportunity to crow about the rise of, in particular, a new generation of considered and caring politicians. I look forward to reading more analysis of their approach to COVID-19, climate change and other world issues and hope that FORBES magazine continues to watch them closely too.

HG 14/4/20

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