By Raymund Antonio
For Vice President Leni Robredo, the coronavirus crisis can be times of opportunity for women to show their strength and what they can do.
“Maniwala tayo sa ating kakayahan. Kasi kapag pinaniwalaan natin ang ating kakayahan, ang dami nating pwedeng gawin, ang daming magbebenefit from our capability (Let us believe in our capability. Because if we believe in our capability, we can do a lot of things, many people would benefit from our capability),” Robredo said.
Robredo, an advocate of women empowerment, made this call to women during last Monday’s Usapang EveryWoman aired on Facebook.
The vice president noted it took a global pandemic to finally acknowledge capabilities of women and they can work with men in response to the health crisis.
“Nakikita (It’s being seen) all over the world how strong women are. Nakikita iyong capabilities ng kababaihan. Nakikita (It’s being seen) they can stand alongside most men, na sana ito ’yung panghawakan (that I hope they would hold on to this) as we go on with our lives kahit (even it is) post-pandemic,” she said.
Robredo touched on the topic about women’s strength and capability as some female leaders around the world have been recognized for their effective leadership in handling the COVID-19 crisis.
These are the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Iceland Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdótti, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, among others.
The vice president expressed hope that women would turn the current crisis into opportunities and capitalize on them.
“This is an opportunity for us to look inside ourselves and makita (see) how strong we are so sana iyong strength na ‘to magamit natin (I hope this strength will be used) in the days and years to come,” Robredo said.