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TRANSCRIPT: Miss Universe 2020 Q&A

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TRANSCRIPT: Miss Universe 2020 Q&A

Miss Universe 2020 Finals. Photo courtesy of Miss Universe Organization/IQIYI stream

The top 5 answer questions on government's pandemic response, leadership, and abuse against women

The top five candidates the of Miss Universe 2020 pageant shared their thoughts on pressing global issues during the coronation night’s Q&A segment on Monday, May 17 (Sunday, May 16 in the US) at Hollywood City, Florida.

Each finalist was asked a different question by the judges, based on a number the contestants randomly selected.

Here are their respective questions and answers:

Andrea Meza, Mexico

If you were the leader of your country, how would you have handled the COVID-19 pandemic?

I believe there is no perfect way to handle this hard situation such as COVID-19, but I believe what I would have done is to create the lockdown even before everything was that big, because we lost so many lives and we cannot afford that. We have to take care of our people, that’s why I would’ve taken care of them since the beginning.

Adline Castelino, India

Should countries lock down due to COVID-19, despite the strain on their economies, or should they open their borders and risk a potential increase in infection rates?

Good evening universe. Coming from India and witnessing what India is experiencing right now, I have realized something very important that nothing is more important than the health of your loved ones. You have to draw a balance between economy and health, and that can only happen when the government works with the people hand in hand and produces something that will work with the economy. Thank you.

Julia Gama, Brazil

Women are still considered incapable of becoming world leaders. Convince these countries that they are wrong.

Women are such an important part of this society, and just because we are not encouraged in the same way that men are, we have our potential wasted. The world needs women’s contributions, because we came for some reason, and I invite every woman to understand that we are the leaders of our lives. And yes, we can do a lot for our communities. So, please, take your power!

Kimberly Jimenez, Dominican Republic

The night she won Miss Universe, Zozi Tunzi explained the importance of teaching leadership to young girls. How would you do that as Miss Universe?

Good night, thank you for the question. I come from a family completely filled with women, of which have propelled me to help them today. Working with my non-profit Niños de Cristo, I understand that I don’t need a title to help others and to be able to support them. Thank you.

Janick Maceta del Castillo, Peru

What would you say to the women watching tonight who are currently experiencing sexual or domestic abuse?

I will tell them that I admire their strength, and that they’re survivors and that I’ve been there too. I became the hero of my own story. That’s why I advocate to save little girls from being victims. They are survivors, they are heroes. They have the power, and don’t ever, ever make anyone silence your voice. – Rappler.com