“I don’t think your capacity to be a leader is determined by your gender."
These were the words of Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray when asked to give her two cents about President Rodrigo Duterte's comment that the presidency is not for women because “the emotional set-up of a woman and a man is totally different.”
In an interview with G3 San Diego, Catriona stressed that being a leader is defined rather “by the capabilities, skills and talents that you have, your experience, your character.”
She added, “I think all of those play part to be a good leader. It is not dependent on one’s gender at all."
It can be recalled that a fellow beauty queen, Miss Universe-Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo also disagreed with what President Duterte said.
“Well I do respect the President but I completely disagree with this thought,” she said.
“In our country, we already had two female leaders and by doing that, women are as capable as men in handling a nation,” Rabiya stressed.
She also pointed out that in New Zealand, a female leader has been able to control the COVID-19 spread which proves that a woman is capable to be a leader.
“I just want to give an example of what happened in New Zealand in conquering COVID virus in which their female leader was able to nurse a newborn, but at the same time, she was able to become a mother to her land,” she remarked.
“I am a woman and I believe that my emotion do make part in my leadership skills. And I have so much heart and I have so much calling in being a leader, actually,” she said.