Women are systematically excluded from global coronavirus coverage, experts say

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Women are systematically excluded from global coronavirus coverage, experts say

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On a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation program earlier this month, a debate between two physicians over coronavirus-related restrictions turned into a brief clash over the role of gender in mainstream discourse.

“You’re just shouting; you’re not actually speaking,” infectious-disease expert Neil Rau told his female colleague, interrupting.

“Do not be sexist,” family doctor and medical anthropologist Nili Kaplan-Myrth responded, not missing a beat. “I’m speaking in an assertive voice.”

“NEVER tell a woman (professional or otherwise) that she cannot speak with authority,” she wrote later on Twitter. “NEVER tell us we aren’t educated enough, experts enough, or good enough. We have every bit as much authority to speak.”

Click here to read the full article published by The Washington Post on 8 October 2020.

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