Leading in Crises


About the project

In September 2020, the Permanent Secretariat of the Community of Democracies (PSCD) hosted a virtual event on women’s leadership in times of crises featuring representatives of Governing Council Member States Canada, Finland, the Republic of Korea, and the United States to discuss the importance of women’s political participation and involvement in decision-making during the COVID-19 pandemic and its recovery efforts. The high-level panel noted the urgent need to recognize and involve more women in all decision-making areas at all levels, especially during a crisis.

Continuing this conversation on women’s leadership, the PSCD developed a series of monthly articles to present stories of women leaders tirelessly working at the frontlines of crisis, including in the pandemic, during natural disasters, political and economic crisis, conflict, among others. This interview series brings together a diverse set of voices of established and emerging women activists and politicians to discuss their experiences of leadership in each region of the world.


This initiative was developed with the generous support from Governing Council Member State the Republic of Korea.

We would also like to express our gratitude to Stephenie Foster and Susan Markham who led the stories development.

The graphic and web design was developed by the team of Leniva under the oversight of Janek Mońka.