The Philippines Ranks High in Gender Equality

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The Philippines Ranks High in Gender Equality


I was proud to see that the World Economic Forum (WEF) ranked the Philippines first in gender quality in the Asia Pacific region. When I arrived in this country, that was a national attitude that immediately impressed me. Unlike so many male-dominated societies, including the United States and European countries at that time, the Philippines valued its women socially and economically. According to the WEF which ranked 136 countries on their ability to close the gender gap in economic equality, political participation, health, and education, the Philippines is the most advanced country in the Asia Pacific region, and ranks fifth in the world. Its rating has improved because of advances in womens economic participation and opportunity, as well as having a strong score in terms of their political integration. The WEF report concluded that the Asia Pacific region has now closed 67 percent of its gender gap but still lags behind other region in the world except for the Middle East and North Africa in economic equality. WEF founder Klaus Schwab said of this report: Countries will need to start thinking of human capital very differently including how they integrate women into leadership roles. …

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