MANILA - Southeast Asian businesswomen meeting in the Philippines this week will release a statement calling on their leaders to put women's empowerment on the mainstream, one of their organizers said Tuesday.
The Manila statement will be the output of the ASEAN Women’s Business Conference and will be submitted to regional leader's when they converge in the Philippine capital in November, said Philippine Commission on Women Executive Director Emmeline Verzosa.
"We hope the leaders will recognize this and take this on so they can direct their respective government bodies to ensure that when they talk business, they should include women," Verzosa told ANC's Market Edge with Cathy Yang.
In the Philippines, women in managerial positions have grown to 43 percent of the government workforce, moving closer to the 50-percent target. The private sector, on the other hand, "needs more push," Verzosa said.
Filipino women are active in the micro-entrepreneur space and the business conference in Manila aims to connect them to larger businesses, she said.