Skip to comments.Philippines leads Asian countries in Global Gender Gap Report
Posted on 10/24/2012 2:26:55 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines remained as the top Asian country in ensuring that men and women have equal access to rights and privileges, including economic opportunities, a report released Wednesday by the World Economic Forum showed.
The country remained at the 8th spot of the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Index 2012, which ranks countries based on their ability to close the gender gap in healthcare, education, political participation and economic equality.
"The Philippines remains the highest-ranking country from Asia in the Index. It ranks 1st on both education and health and is also among the top 20 on economic participation and political empowerment. The Philippines is the only country in Asia this year to have closed the gender gap in both education and health," the report said.
It added that the country also performs in the top 10 of indicators that include legislators, senior officials and managers, literacy rate, enrolment in secondary education and years with female head of state.
The Philippines has already elected two women presidents which include Corazon Aquino and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. In August, President Benigno S. Aquino III appointed Maria Lourdes Sereno chief justice of the Supreme Court, the first female to hold the position.
Ranked ahead of the Philippines are Iceland (1st), Finland (2nd), Norway (3rd), Sweden (4th), Ireland(5), New Zealand (6th) and Denmark (7th), while Nicaragua (9th) and Switzerland (10th) rounded out the top 10.
Among the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the Philippines is followed by Singapore (55th), Thailand (65th), Vietnam (66th), Brunei Darussalam (75th), Indonesia (97th), Malaysia (100th) and Cambodia (103rd). Myanmar and Laos are not included in the list.
Among economic powerhouses, the United States is ranked 22nd, China is 69th and Japan is 101st.
Stuck at the bottom of the list are Saudi Arabia (131st), Syria (132nd), Chad (133rd), Pakistan (134th) and Yemen (135th).
The report said there is a strong correlation between countries at the top of the index and the countries that are most economically competitive.
The key for the future of any country and any institution is the capability to attract the best talents, said Klaus Schwab, WEF founder and executive chairman.
In the future, talent will be more important than capital or anything else. To develop the gender dimension is not just a question of equality; it is the entry card to succeed and prosper in an ever more competitive world, he added.
I bet they never even visited these countries, they just collated some government statistics. Because governments never lie, right?
The Report can be accessed here:
THE USA IS RANKED #22 out of 135 ( See Page 8 ).
Last year, the United States ranked 17th, just behind the United Kingdom and just ahead of Canada, with a score of .7412. This year, amid a whole lot of talk about women’s rights and gender equality, the U.S. is ranked 22nd with a score of .7373 (its lowest since 2009).
The U.S. did manage to close the economic gender gap further even as its other scores slipped, along with fellow major economic powers, Japan and Germany.
The report ranks 135 countries (which collectively contain over 90 percent of the world’s population) based on 14 indicators used to measure the size of a nation’s gender gap in four key areas:
1. Economic participation and opportunity, which includes female labor force participation, wage equality and the percentage of women in high-ranking jobs.
2. Educational attainment, which looks at female literacy and how frequently women are enrolled in higher education.
3. Health and survival, which is measured by comparing female and male life expectancy and mortality rates.
4. Political empowerment, which examines the number of women holding political office as well as the number of female heads of state over the last 50 years.
Meanwhile Hotel Room Maids take home about $131 a month in Philippines, such an advanced country... *snicker*
RE: Meanwhile Hotel Room Maids take home about $131 a month in Philippines
How much is the cost of housing, clothing, food and transportation on a Purchasing Parity Power basis there?
Not that different from other Asian countries I would bet.
In the Philippines I believe it.
Women ARE pretty much equal, functionally. The Filipinos never had much of a prejudice against women in public office or the professions. For a supposedly macho Latin culture, girls are not valued less than boys, no matter their place in society. Womens lib as a movement never got much traction there, because there wasn’t much point in it.
This is a cultural matter that hasn’t got all that much to do with other measures of development. Just a quirk.
Its a rather odd thing to measure a country by, but whatever.
Yes it is quite different. The Chinese for instance are MUCH more concerned about having sons as heirs, daughters-in-law are low on the family totem pole, sons are little princes to be served by their sisters, etc.
The Philippines is a poor country and has all the ills that come of that.
This womens equality hasn’t got much to do with economic success, its just a cultural quirk.
$131/month is a pretty good working-class job over there.
I guess since I take all that for granted being an American my mind went to economic matters
Interesting that Philippines and Ireland are in the top 6 yet abortion is illegal in both those countries. I’m glad this report wasn’t hijacked by feminists or they would’ve been at the bottom of the list, LOL.
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