Philippines is Ranked 8th on Gender Equality

If you're still wondering which is more aggressive, more powerful and more influential between men and women, ask yourself again. A lot of things men think they can do better than women, thinking that they can do things more than what women can. And some men think that they can do things women cannot. Believe me, women also think the same. There were things only women can do, and you can't do anything about that.

According to an international study, placing 8th worldwide and number one in Asia, the Philippines improved its ranking in gender equality.

Based on their national gender gaps on economic, political, education- and health-based criteria, the World Economic Forum ranked 135 countries.

On a scale of 0 as inequality and 1 as equality, the country got a perfect score of 1 in educational attainment and health and survival, according to its Global Gender Gap 2011 report.

Lauding the Philippines’ high position, chair of the Senate committee on education Senator Edgardo Angara, pointed out that females even outnumber males enrolled in college. This is not as women have more population than men, women just tend to study more than men. Observe each class for example, there a lot of times that women outnumber men.

Meanwhile, the country got an almost passing grade of 0.763 in economic participation and opportunity but failed in political empowerment with a score of 0.331.

Angara said on his statement last Friday, November 4, “We have not completely closed the gender gap, however. In the workplace, for example, there are still more men in positions of authority, while a lot of women are hired as informal employees with no benefits”.

The Philippines has improved its ranking from number 9 last year.

Angara also added, “This gradual but continuous improvement in the country’s gender equality indicators is a big step towards accomplishing the third Millennium Development Goal by 2015”.

The third goal is to eliminate gender disparity in education as well as to provide equal opportunities in employment.

Senator Edgardo Angara
The Global Gender Gap Index is a framework for capturing the magnitude and scope of gender-based disparities and tracking their progress, according to the World Economic Forum.

European countries dominated the top of the list with Iceland, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Ireland in the Top 5.

Lower than South Africa at number 14, U.K. and the U.S. ranked 16th and 17th, respectively.

Countries in the Asia and Pacific region following the Philippines include Australia on 23, Sri Lanka on 31, Singapore on 57, Thailand on 60 and China on 61.

Uzbekistan, in Central Asia, is at the bottom of the gender equality list.

“The rankings are designed to create greater awareness among a global audience of the challenges posed by gender gaps and the opportunities created by reducing them,” the international organization exclaims.

The Philippines was also labeled the best country in Asia for women by an international magazine in September.

Well, what can I say more? Go Philippines!


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