In a world affected by Covid-19, women leaders can make the difference

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Picture: Michael Bradley/Getty Images
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Picture: Michael Bradley/Getty Images

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The disruption brought on by the global Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic may be seen by some companies as an excuse to dial back on diversity and inclusion, but this would be a mistake, as studies show that women handle crises better.

Covid-19 has shaken the world, plunging countries into economic and social turmoil. Interestingly enough, however, the countries that are handling the virus outbreak best are run by women. Countries such as Germany, Norway, Denmark and Taiwan, as well as New Zealand, whose Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern not only acted quickly and decisively but empathically too, with regular live messages to citizens from her home (where a children’s toy featured prominently in the background of one of these).

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