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EXPLAINER-Where are women leading the fight against COVID-19?

ROME, June 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Increased teenage pregnancies, curbed access to sexual health services, a spike in household violence and a surge in revenge porn: the COVID-19 pandemic’s disproportionate impact on women and girls has been laid bare in recent months.

Research suggests women leaders have been more successful than their male counterparts at reducing COVID-19 transmission in their countries.

New Zealand on Monday lifted all social and economic restrictions except border controls after declaring it was free of the coronavirus, winning praise for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, 39, and her leadership during the pandemic.

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