Globally, women hold only 7% of government leadership roles, but several women leaders are being lauded for their skillful navigation of the coronavirus pandemic. Countries such as Germany, Taiwan and New Zealand have shown how women are being held up as examples for how to guide their countries effectively through a public health crisis. They've been praised for their clear explanations, swift actions, trust in science and ability to make difficult decisions with empathy and compassion. As a consequence, frequently, they have succeeded in minimizing the impact of COVID-19 on their countries. From policy, programmes, to community and grassroots decision making, women as decision makers and leaders within the pandemic and humanitarian crisis preparedness and response are proving themselves to be the future.
- Why, therefore, is investing in women as leaders so important in the context of pandemic situations?
- What have we learnt from Ebola and COVID-19?
- What are the drivers and barriers to women's active participation in preparedness and response to pandemic and humanitarian crisis situations?
- What are the effects of women’s leadership for advancing the rights and equality of other women in the context of pandemic?
- What is the way forward? How do we learn from our mistakes and shift the balance?
Organised in the format of a panel discussion with an interactive element, this expert briefing will not only disseminate the informed insights of the panelists, but will also engage with the audience through a virtual Q&A session.
- Dr Zoe Marks, PHD, Public Policy Lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School
- Ms. Nanlop Ogbureke, Senior Adviser at West African Health Organization (WAHO)/ECOWAS
- Ms. Amie Batson, Executive Director of WomenLift Health
Moderators: Ms. Catherine White, Gender Equality and Gender Mainstreaming, Division for Peace, UNITAR and Ms. Olga Ambot Inyongo, Gender Capacity Development Specialist at United Nations Volunteers