Against the back drop of the roles of leaders across the globe in the response and recovery of COVID 19 pandemic over the last few months, Amina Mohammed, the UN Deputy Secretary-General has called on women leaders across the world to rise for all.
The Deputy Secretary General, speaking during Women Rise for All; a virtual gathering of influential women from across different regions, sectors and generations, to examine how their leadership is shaping pandemic response and recovery that benefits all people, said “Over the past months, people around the world have come to see what many of us already knew: women’s leadership makes a profound difference”,
She went further, “The evidence has shown in country after country, how governments led by women are more effective in flattening the curve and positioning for economic recovery.”
“We want to shape the way we define leadership, ensure that we emerge from this pandemic with women leading in equal numbers, and equal partnership”, she said.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has generated an unprecedented global health, humanitarian and development crisis, it has also revealed the power of women’s leadership, according to the UN Deputy Secretary-General.
Women Rise for All was launched in the middle of the pandemic, to support the call of the UN Secretary-General for solidarity and urgent action to overcome COVID 19.
To date, there are over 14 million cases of COVID-19 and more than 600,000 deaths globally, according to World Health Organization (WHO). Even in the midst of this “devastating crisis”, there is an opportunity to build a better world that works for all, according to Ms. Mohammed. “That will only be possible when we recognize the value of women front and centre, together leading the way and rising for all”, she concluded.