If we are seeking instances of true women empowerment, these women should fit into the place— Angela Merkel (German Chancellor), Jacinda Arden (New Zealand PM), Tsai Ing-wen(Taiwan President), Mette Frederiksen (Denmark PM), Katrin Jakobsdottir (Iceland PM), Erna Solberg (Norway PM) and Sanna Marin (Finland PM). Countries that witnessed a fast decline in coronavirus cases are all led by women leaders.
Although it can be easily said that these are small countries and that the spread of the virus can be easily tackled but what comes into light is the power of these leaders, who have had managed the critical situation. The leaders of these countries have taken various initiatives to fight the virus and set their countries as an example for others.
In the whole world Taiwan’s response in handling covid-19 cases have been the best with only 395 cases and 61 deaths. Taiwan being only 100 miles away from China was much prone to the risk and therefore the President of the country started taking immediate actions. She installed 124 measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus without imposing lockdown. Screening all passengers from Wuhan, banning travel from several parts of China, offering foods, masks, stipend and free gaming and movie packages to encourage social distancing were some of the other initiatives and measures taken by her.
Transparency and calmness were the two things that made the people of Germany obey the rules that were imposed by their Chancellor Angela Merkel. Early lockdown, rational decision making, social distancing measures taken by her proved that even being a big country it is possible to curb the spread of the pandemic if proper measures are taken and people follow it properly. German witnessed 134750 cases with 46 deaths per million.
Jacinda Arden, the Prime Minister of New Zealand believed that valuing both the countrymen and the economy is important. She began to take precautionary measures even before there was a single death in the country. Conducting press conferences, live videos and answering queries of her citizens are some unique measures taken by her.
The PMs of Iceland, Finland, Denmark and Norway (Katrin Jakobsdottir, Sanna Marin, Mette Frederiksen and Erna Solberg) in the same way had fought the virus with unique and massive efforts. Free testing for all in Iceland, awareness through social media in Finland was few to mention.
These women had stepped up and showed to the world that no matter how worst the circumstances are; effort, intellect and empathy can resolve all.