Fṛm Đ Gardịn: Are female leaders more successful at managing the coronavirus crisis?

Female leaders around the globe, from left: Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen; New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern; the German chancellor, Angela Merkel; Denmark’s prime minister, Mette Frederiksen; and Sanna Marin, the Finnish prime minister . Composite: Reuters/Getty/Rex/Shutterstock
Fīmel līdrz arnd ɖ glob, fṛm left: Tîwan’z prezidnt, Ćî Ñ-wen; Ny Zīḷnd’z prîm ministr, Jsinda Ardrn; ɖ Jrmn ćanslr, Angela Merkel; Denmarc’s prîm ministr, Mette Frederiksen; n Sanna Marin, ɖ Fíniś prîm ministr . Comṗzit: Rôtrz/Geti/Rex/Śuṭstoc
R fīmel līdrz mor s’xesfl at maṇjñ ɖ c’roṇvîṛs crîsis?

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 25 April 2020)

Plenti v cuntriz wɖ mel līdrz hv olso dn wel. Bt fy wɖ fīmel līdrz hv dn badli

Jon Hnli n Eḷnr Enj Rô. Saṭde, 25 Epril 2020

On 1 Epril, ɖ prîm ministr v Sint Martin adrest hr neśn’z 41,500 ppl. C’roṇvîṛs cesz wr rîzñ, n Silveria Jecbz ń ɖ smōl îḷnd cuntri, ẃć welcmz 500,000 turists a yir, wz at gret risc: it hd tū ICY bedz.

Jecbz dd nt wont t impoz a strict locdǎn, bt ś dd wont fizicl distnsñ obzrvd. So ś spelt it ǎt: “Simpli. Stop. Muvñ,” ś sd. “F y d’nt hv ɖ bred y lîc in yr hǎs, īt cracrz. Īt síṛl. Īt ots. Īt … sardīnz.”

Ɖ 51-yir-old Caṛbiyn premịr me nt hv ɖ globl profîl v Angela Merkel or Jsinda Ardrn, bt hr blunt mesij xmpḷfaid frm ax́n, ifctiv cḿṇceśn – n śoud anɖr fīmel līdr gtñ ɖ job dn.

Fṛm Jrṃni t Ny Zīḷnd n Denmarc t Tîwan, wimin hv manijd ɖ c’roṇvîṛs crîsis wɖ aplom. Plenti v cuntriz wɖ mel līdrz – Vietnam, ɖ Ćeh Rpublic, Grīs, Ostreła – hv olso dn wel. Bt fy wɖ fīmel līdrz hv dn badli.

Ardrn, 39, Ny Zīḷnd’z premịr, hz hld Cīwiz’ handz ʈru ɖ locdǎn, dliṿrñ emṗʈetic “ste hom, sev lîvz” vidiomeṣjz fṛm hr cǎć n cḿṇcetñ dêli ʈru non-combtiv presconfṛnsz or intiṃt Fes-bc Lîv vidioz, hr feṿrit mīdịm.

Hr insistns on sevñ lîvz n hr cîndnis-frst aproć – rjñ Ny Zīḷndrz t lc aftr ɖer nebrz, tec cer v ɖ vulnṛbl, n mc sacṛfîsz fr ɖ gretr gd – hz wún hr mni fanz, ẃl hr emf̣sis on śerd rsponsbiḷti hz ynîtd ɖ cuntri.

Ćuzñ t “g hard n g rli”, Ardrn impozd a 14-de qoṛntīn on enwn enṭrñ ɖ cuntri on 14 Marć n impḷmntd a strict locdǎn tū wīcs lêtr, ẃn fywr ɖn 150 ppl hd bn infctd n nn hd daid. Ny Zīḷnd hz rcordd jst 18 deʈs; public trust in Ardrn’z guvnmnt z gretr ɖn 80%.

In Jrṃni, Angela Merkel hz bn hêld fr d’rect bt uncaṛcṭristicli prsnl public inṭvnśnz, wornñ ɖt p t 70% v ppl wd cntract ɖ vîṛs – ɖ cuntri’z “gretist ćalinj” sins 1945 – n l’mntñ evri deʈ az ɖt v “a faɖr or granfaɖr, a muɖr or granmuɖr, a partnr …”

Ʈancs t xtnsiv tstñ fṛm ɖ ǎtset, plenti v intnsiv-cer bedz, n ɖ ćanslr’z piriodic forʈrît rmîndrz ɖt Covid-19 wz “sirịs – so tec it sirịsli”, Jrṃni hz so far rcordd fywr ɖn 5,000 deʈs, a far lowr figr ɖn most YY cuntriz.

From left; the director of the South Korean Centers for Disease Control, Jung Eun-kyeong, Norway’s prime minister Erna Solberg, and the prime minister of Iceland, Katrín Jakobsdóttir. Composite: AP/Reuters/Sigtryggur Ari Johannsson
Fṛm left; ɖ d’rectr v ɖ Sǎʈ C’riyn Sntrz fr Dzizcntrol, Ćoñ Ŭn-Yuñ, Norwe’z prîm ministr Erna Solberg, n ɖ prîm ministr v Îsḷnd, Katrín Jakobsdóttir. Comṗzit: AP/Rôtrz/Sigtrigr Ari Yohansn

Wɖ a doctṛt in qontmceṃstri, Merkel’z clir, cām xpziśnz – a clip v hr xplenñ ɖ sạntific besis bhnd ɖ guvnmnt’s locdǎn xitstraṭji wz śerd ʈǎzndz v tîmz onlîn – hv olso hlpt pṛpel public apruvl v ɖ forʈ-trm ćanslr’z hanḍlñ v ɖ crîsis abv 70%.

In nirbî Denmarc, mnẃl, ɖ prîm ministr, Mette Frederiksen, actd īqli frmli, clozñ ɖ Scanḍnevịn cuntri’z bordrz az rli az 13 Marć, n folowñ p a fy dez lêtr bî śutñ ol cindrgartnz, scūlz n yṇvrṣtiz n banñ gaɖ̇rñz v mor ɖn 10 ppl.

Ɖt dsîsivnis apirz t hv sperd Denmarc ɖ wrst v ɖ pandemic, wɖ fywr ɖn 8,000 cnfrmd cesz n 370 deʈs. Frederiksen’z no-punćz-pld spīćz n clir instrux́nz t ɖ neśn hv bn wîdli prezd.

Ś īvn manijd t śo a sns v fun, postñ a clip on Fes-bc v hrslf dwñ ɖ diśz ẃl sññ alñ t ɖ 1980z Deniś popstrz Dǒdo n ɖ Dǒdoz jrñ ɖ neśn’z wīcli TV locdǎn sñ’lñ. Ɖ Scanḍnevịn cuntri’z yungist-evr prîm ministr, huz apruvl retñz hv dubld t mor ɖn 80%, hz nǎ bgun īzñ its locdǎn.

Tîwan’z prezidnt Ćî Ñ-Wen rspondd īqli fast, actvetñ ɖ cuntri’z sntṛl eṗdemic cmand-sntr in rli Jańri n intṛdysñ travl-rstrix́nz n qoṛntīnmeźrz. Mas public hîjīnmeźrz wr rold ǎt, includñ disinfctñ public eriaz n bildñz.

In ol, Tîwan adoptd 124 cntrol-n-cnten meźrz in wīcs, mcñ a fl locdǎn uņesṣri. It hz rportd jst six deʈs, n z nǎ dspaćñ miłnz v fesmascs t ɖ wrst-struc parts v ɖ YS n Yṛp. Ćî’z worm, oʈorittiv stîl hz wún hr plōdits, īvn fṛm p’liticl oponnts.

Norwe, wɖ 7,200 cesz n 182 deʈs, ɖs wīc bgan rlaxñ its rstrix́nz bî rioṗnñ cindrgartnz. Ɖ prîm ministr, Erna Solberg, tld CNN ś hd md a pônt v “letñ sayntists mc ɖ big medicl dsiźnz”, adñ ɖt ś ʈt hr cuntri’z rli locdǎn n ʈura tstñprogram hd bn ci.

Folowñ an xampl set rlịr bî Frederiksen, Solberg olso tc ɖ unyźl step v d’recli adresñ ɖ cuntri’z ćildṛn, telñ ɖm in tū presconfṛnsz – fṛm ẃć adult jrṇlists wr bánd – ɖt it wz “pmitd t b a litl bit scerd” n ɖt ś, tù, míst biyñ ebl t hug hr frendz.

Mnẃl, Îsḷnd, undr ɖ prîm ministr, Katrín Jakobsdóttir’z, līdrśp, hz ofrd fri tstñ t ol sitiznz, nt onli ɖoz wɖ simtmz, n hz rcordd 1,800 cesz n 10 deʈs. Sm 12% v ɖ popyleśn hz tecn p ɖ ofr, n an xōstiv tresñsistm hz mnt ɖ cuntri hz nt hd t cloz scūlz.

Ɖ wrld’z yungist hed v guvnmnt, Fínḷnd’z prîm ministr, Sanna Marin, olso muvd dsîsivli t impoz a strict locdǎn, includñ a ban on ol non-isnśl travl in n ǎt v ɖ Helsnci rījn. Ɖs hz hlpt hr cuntri cnten ɖ spred v ɖ vîṛs t jst 4,000 cesz n 140 deʈs, a p’miłn tol 10 tîmz lowr ɖn ɖt v neḅrñ Swīdn.

Nt ol ɖ wimin hu hv xeld in ɖ c’roṇcrîsis r naśnl līdrz. Ćoñ Ŭn-Yuñ, ɖ unflaṗbl hed v Sǎʈ C’rīa’z sntr fr dzizcntrol, hz bcm a naśnl îcón aftr oṿsiyñ a “tst, tres, cnten” straṭji ɖt hz md ɖ cuntri ɖ wrld’z c’roṇvîṛs rǒlmodl, wɖ dêli infx́nz in sngl dijits n a deʈtol v les ɖn 250.

Ćoñ, a formr rṛl doctr dubd “ɖ wrld’z bst vîṛshuntr”, hz dlivrd no-nonsns dêli presconfṛnsz, includñ demnstretñ ɖ îdiyl we t cof. Ẃl ɖz hv wún prêz, hr wrc-eʈic – ś hz left an imrjnsi-oṗreśnz buncr onli fr qc vizits t a fūdtruc – hz promtd cnsrn fr hr hlʈ.

Ẃtvr cncluźnz w me drw fṛm ɖz līdrz’ pformnsz jrñ ɖ pandemic, xprts cōśn ɖt ẃl wimin r “dispṛporśṇtli reprizntd t a rɖr starṭlñ dgri” amñ cuntriz maṇjñ ɖ crîsis wel, dvîdñ men n wimin hedz v stet n guvnmnt intu hmojṇs caṭgriz z nt nesseṛli ysfl.

Compḷcetñ factrz me b at ple. Caʈlīn Grsn, a pṛfesr v sośioḷji at Ny Yorc Yṇvrṣti, nots, fr xampl, ɖt wimin līdrz r mor lîcli t b ilectd in “a p’liticl culćr in ẃć ɖr’z a reḷtiv s’port n trust in ɖ guvnmnt – n ɖt dz’nt mc starc dstñśnz btwn wimin n men. So y’v olrdi got a hed start”.

In adiśn, it me b hardr fr men t iscep “ɖ we ɖe r xpctd t bhev” az līdrz, Grsn tld Ɖ Hil websait. N sins ɖ vri bst līdrz r bʈ stroñ n dsîsiv n ceṗbl v dspleyñ fīlñ, wimin cd, phps, “līd ɖ we in śowñ ɖt ɖz r nt cmpitñ n cnflictñ atṛbyts, bt cómpḷmntri – n nesṣri fr gd līdrśp”, ś sd.

Instroduction to Ñspel

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