Opinion: African women are leading the fight against COVID-19
It is no surprise that women-led countries have suffered six times fewer confirmed COVID-19 deaths than countries led by men, according to a University of Dublin study. Women leaders are better placed to draw on informal networks to mobilize rapid responses and community support. They are used to finding alternative resources and building ingenious partnerships to solve problems. And with greater numbers of women at the forefront of policy decisions, these skills are coming to the fore.
In Africa, the challenges to contain the disease are multiple: Our cities are often densely populated, many health care systems are limited, and many homes and even hospitals lack proper sanitation. Leading my country through the Ebola outbreak taught me a lot about dealing with an infectious disease in Africa. We need to be creative in finding home-grown solutions to keep people safe.
At the beginning of March, as COVID-19 was making its way over Europe but had yet to reach Africa, we gathered the first cohort of 15 women from across the continent to take part in a program to advance women’s public leadership in Africa.
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