World Economic Forum: PH is most gender-equal nation in Asia

The World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Global Gender Gap Index latest report indicates that the Philippines remains the top country in Asia with the narrowest gender gap between men and women, placing the country as “the most gender-equal nation in Asia.”

The WEF Global Gender Gap Index, released in December 2018 showed that the Philippines improved two notches as the 8th gender-equal nation in the world.

The Philippines ranked 8th out of 149 countries based on four categories — labor force participation, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment.

The WEF report cited the Philippines for having managed to close about 80 percent of the total gender gap through “strong efforts to close the gender gap in political empowerment.”

“The Philippines continues to aspire for inclusive development where there is equality and genuine collaboration between men and women, and we are honored that our efforts have been given global recognition,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.

Panelo said the WEF report draws attention to the government’s commitment to give Filipino women the recognition.

“These findings highlight the government’s commitment to give Filipino women the recognition that they properly deserve, particularly their contributions in the home, in the workplace, in the community, and in nation building,” Panelo said.

The Philippine government will extend more efforts to close the gender gap between men and women by assuring that their rights are upheld, Panelo said.

“The President and this administration have always believed in the competence and capability of women, and we commit to further promote substantive equality in our society as we maintain to uphold the rights and dignity of women,” Panelo said.