Skip to comments.Iceland Best Place to Be a Woman; Philippines Ranks High in Gender Equality
Posted on 10/25/2013 9:25:10 PM PDT by nickcarraway
The gap between men and women has narrowed slightly in the past year in most countries. According to a World Economic Forum (WEF) report, Iceland, Finland and Norway top the list of 136 nations, based on political participation, economic equality and rights like education and health.
The Middle East and North Africa are the only regions not to improve in the past year, with Yemen at the bottom.
The Philippines and Nicaragua both feature in the top 10.
The WEF has produced the report annually for the past eight years.
Icelands position at the top of the WEF rankings was the fifth year in a row the country has been named the worlds most equal.
Report founder and coauthor Saadia Zahidi told the BBC that since the WEF began compiling the index in 2006, 80 percent of countries had made progress.
Whats worrying though is that percent of countries have made no progress or are falling behind, she said.
Nadia Al-Sakkaf, editor of the English-language Yemen Times, in London for the 100 Women conference, told the BBC that she had stopped counting the years her country had languished at the bottom of the equality list.
It comes down to everyday life. We had three women running for president in 2006. We have lots of women in senior positions, she said.
But our levels of maternal mortality are very high, and 35 percent of girls aged 6-14 years old are not in school.
Saadia Zahidi of the WEF said that by contrast many sub-Saharan countries had not invested in women, but through necessity they played a major role in the economy.
Nordic countries continued to lead the way because they had a long history of investing in people, she said.
They are small economies with small populations; they recognize that talent matters, and that talent has to be men and women. The highest-ranked Asian nation is the Philippines (fifth), praised for its success in health, education and economic participation.
Women make up one half of the human capital available to any economy and any company; if that talent isnt integrated, that is going to be a loss for both women and men, Zahidi said.
Do their Marines get cute little gender neutral caps?
I am not surprised about the Philippines, due to their language Tagalog. It is the most gender neutral of any language I am familiar with. You really have to go out of your way to mention someone’s gender.
There are Philippine’s government officials that beat their wives. Have First Hand Knowledge, then more government officials help that official cover it up. First Hand Knowledge.
My experience with health care here in the Philippines has been excellent, with both male and female doctors, and the cost is a fraction of what it is in America.
Hear down to the south is advancing northward Alex. Any insight into the conflict there? Last report had Manila in the crosshairs.
“I am not surprised about the Philippines, due to their language Tagalog.”
Tagalog is only one of many languages here. I do not know anyone that uses it. Here in central Philippines, Visayan and Cebuao are the principal dialects.
English is very common here.
One report from September 12, 2013 ... http://www.france24.com/en/20130911-thousands-flee-philippine-forces-battle-islamists-zamboanga-mnlf
“Any insight into the conflict there?”
You lost me. I do not know what you are referring to.
Yes, I know there are many languages there. I believe Tagolog is the language around Manila. I don’t know if the other languages follow the same pattern.
one post above yours.
The word I got from a Marine today is that the company that made the covers for the Women Marines went out of business thus the effort to design a new cover for them. There was no intention to change the cover the male Marines wear. The one they show for the Women Marines is a bit of a knock off of the design worn by Marines in the 1918 ear, similar to one worn by one of the Marine legends, Dan Daly.
The cover worn by Women Marines up until now was designed and was part of the original elements of the uniform from 1945.
Oh, the Muzies..... I have never seen a Muzie here.
Zamboango, and small islands of western Mindanao is far from me, but has always been a hotbed for pirates and radical Muslims. No one outside of that area is worried or even mentions it.
Thanks Alex. Am always appreciative of reports from on the ground.
Alex, am also reading reports of the more recent attack by moslems in Manila. Hearing and reading a lot about the area. Stay Safe!
Well, I have never been to Manila, or even on Luzon.
I would not be surprised to see them try something there, maybe big, as in 9/11.
I think the chances of another 9/11 in the US is just as, if not more, likely. London would be another target, as it is full of Muzies.
During my time on Clark Naval Base, (back when it was open) I got to know many Philipino citizens. The majority of them are smart and very hard working . Very practical people in business. If more of these people were ‘dreamers’ it would be to our benefit. Best to modify the immigration laws for all so that playing by the rules is not so expensive or time consuming.
Alex, please correct me if am wrong but isn’t Manila the government seat, where all governing of the Philippines originates? I am not current on the politics of the Philippines except for some of the officials doing wrong. Any insight?
My impression of Philipino citizens are they love pictures and to tell the truth I love pictures and the citizens have met. Those have met impress me to no end. A loving and kind people. One of them even calls me Dad.
She is my Daughter-in-Law and she calls me Dad.
You are indeed blessed.
Yes, Manila is the largest, and capital city of the Philippines. It is on the northern island of Luzon.
By the way, the Philippines is made up of 7,107 islands.
I live on Cebu, rated by Travel and Leisure magazine as the third best island in all of Asia.
Cebu City is the capital of Cebu, and the second largest city in the country, and is about 2 hours north of me.
All of my flights were from Vienna, Austria into Cebu City.
Amen lee, Amen. No money but am indeed blessed.
Thanks Alex. Good information is always good information. My appreciation.
Feel free to ask anything. I have been here 5 years. Now married and raising a bright little boy, going on 3.
He already operates his own laptop and I-pad. I expect he will soon be a FReeper, haha.
While this is a third world country, and the average citizen makes next to nothing, I live in a nice coastal town, and find most everything that I need. My most fun of the day is to bicycle to the very large market area for our daily needs.
The beach is about 100 feet from my door, but Cebu’s highest mountain, 3100 ft Osmena peak, is in my same municipality. This is also the vegetable capital of Cebu.
No car is needed in the Philippines, as transportation is excellent. Highway buses are fast and comfortable, and often with on-board movies, as well as wi-fi. I want for nothing here.
Oh, the other great thing is that we spend far less then $1000 per month, and that includes rent, utilities, sat TV, transportation, medical insurance, and plenty of red wine ;)
Thanks Alex. Red Wine? I raise my glass in a toast to you and yours. We are one but we are many. Salute Alex!
Cute, but you really should not pick your nose in public. lol
FUNNY! gender equality reported by the Arab news, FUNNY!
Where are the best places to be a man? I really don’t want to “become a woman” to have it good...
Then why would they show a photograph of a male Marine wearing the same hat?
The United States Trans-Marines
The original report here:
U.S. is 22 out of 135.
Interesting that Philippines and Ireland are in the top 6 yet abortion is illegal in both those countries. Im glad this report wasnt hijacked by feminists or they wouldve been at the bottom of the list, LOL.