Advocate for a leadership model that incorporates the skills, intelligence, and talents of women, to tackle worldly challenges.
CALLING OF ALL THE CHALLENGES OF THE 21st CENTURY-
The challenges of the 21st century, whether it is, climate change, the environment, an aging population, talent development, social inequities, telecommuting, new technologies.
Among the above-mentioned factors, the HEALTH factor hasn’t left any stones to turn, letting us know that:
‘we require a new multi-dimensional style of leadership because the challenges ahead of us require the contributions of everyone.’
COVID-19 was highly contagious, unpredictable, and deadly, even with an aggressive public policy response in China.
By the end of February, leaders across the globe were looking at the same facts,
‘as an invisible and dangerous enemy was fast approaching.’
Leaders of cities, states, and countries faced an unprecedented test. As:
⚡what to do?
⚡How to prepare and respond?
2021 THEME- International Women’s Day
“WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP: ACHIEVING AN EQUAL FUTURE IN A COVID-19 WORLD”
The theme celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ones who passed this test with flying colors are, ‘disproportionately women’. This is even though they make up only 7% of heads of state.
In short, they flattened the curve and controlled and prevented new cases.
The theme of #IWD2021 is also aligned with the priority theme of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women,
“Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”.
WOMEN AS LEADERS
The More Things Change, the More It’s the Same Thing:
“Women and men remain categorized according to their sexual roles; women have community behaviors and men have so-called self-determination or individualistic behaviors. The leadership style attributed to men is considered normal and acceptable, but when women seek to make it theirs by displaying characteristics such as assertiveness, tenacity, and competitiveness, they no longer fit the stereotypical definition that has been devolved to them.”
To all the women who are told that you are-
These stereotypes have held us back for far too long. On 8th March #IWD2021, claim your seat at the table with #ChooseToChange .
WOMEN LEADERS DURING COVID-19
Countries with women leaders at the helm seem to have handled the coronavirus pandemic significantly better than their male counterparts.
Moreover, an important facet the study highlighted is the fact that:
In the initial three months of the pandemic in female-led countries saved nearly two times more lives than those run by male leaders despite having similar numbers of cases.
Women leaders were less willing to take risks to wither the lives. Concurrently, they were:
“more willing to take risks in the domain of the economy”.
Imposed a nationwide lockdown significantly earlier than male leaders.
The research paper reasoned that this may be due to, “the proactive and coordinated policy responses” adopted by female leaders, like:
✨New Zealand – Jacinda Ardern
✨Bangladesh – Sheikh Hasina
✨Germany – Angela Merkel
✨Denmark – Mette Frederiksen
✨Taiwan – Tsai Ing-Wen
WOMEN AT GROUND LEVEL DURING COVID-19
Existence of women at ground level, during COVID-19:
⚡Women make up to 70% of the workers on the frontline.
⚡Took public transportation to serve us, further exposing them to infection.
⚡At home, they were caregivers which even was overstretching.
What women seek or even deserve in return:
✨Support to release their stress
✨Fight against a spike in gender-based violence
✨Strength for financial standing
On the 8th of March let the world know- “What we want”, we want-
✨Our seat on the table
March is a #WomensHistoryMonth Stand together with all your leadership qualities to celebrate the women, on whose shoulders we stand tall, to thank their courage and persistence we have come so far.