On January 14, 2021, President Rodrigo Duterte announced that his daughter, the current mayor of Davao, has no plans to run for president in the 2022 elections, saying in a speech: "My daughter, inuudyok naman nila, sabi ko, my daughter is not running. I told Inday not to run kasi naawa ako sa dadaanan niya na dinaanan ko. Hindi ito pambabae...The emotional setup of a woman and a man is totally different. Maging g*go ka dito. That's the sad story." This is not the first time the president has implied that women are somehow inferior—his late-night speeches and annual State Of The Nation Addresses are proof of that.
In September 2020, Council on Foreign Relations' Women's Power Index revealed that 21 out of 193 countries have women as heads of their state or government. As the COVID-19 pandemic spread worldwide, it became apparent that when it comes to their respective countries' pandemic response, it seems like female world leaders are doing much better and have lower COVID-19 cases compared to their male counterparts! An analysis by the Centre for Economic Policy Research and the World Economic Forum, as reported by The Guardian, suggests that "the difference is real and may be explained by the 'proactive and coordinated policy responses' adopted by female leaders."
So... here are just a few amazing women who have led their country's COVID-19 response and recovery—proof that women can (and SHOULD be) presidents, prime ministers, and world leaders.
Click here to read the full article published by Cosmopolitan on 15 January 2021.