Gender Equality, Philipines tops in Asia

The Women Bureau | March 2019

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The Global Gender Gap report of 2018 released by the the World Economic Forum (WEF) placed Philippines to 8th rank in Asia. Gender gap was measured across four key pillars -- economic opportunity, political empowerment, educational attainment, and health & survival.

The Philippines, traditionally a matriarchal and egalitarian society, today is the only country in Asia and second to New Zealand in the Asia Pacific to achieve this ranking on gender equality in work, according to the WEF’s Global Gender Gap Report for 2018.  The other countries on the list are Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Nicaragua, Rwanda, New Zealand, Ireland, and Namibia. In the study, 149 countries were tested for economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment. The report also took into consideration gender gaps related to artificial intelligence (AI).

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