LOOK: Number of women leaders up but challenges abound

ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group

The participation of Filipino women in politics has come a long way since women were first allowed to vote in 1937. 

Over the last 79 years, the numbers of women running for – and winning – various national and local elective posts have steadily increased. And while men continue to outnumber women candidates, Comelec data show that female candidates are more likely to get elected than their male counterparts.

Despite the strides made in women’s electoral participation however, women in positions of power are still a minority at both the national and local government levels.

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) highlights the importance of having more women take on leadership roles in government to push policies and programs that benefit not only women, but all Filipinos.

“Women’s participation in governance brings in women's perspectives in public discourse thus, expands the scope of policies and programs to improve the lives of women and men, girls and boys in their communities,” the PCW says.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, let us look at these facts and figures that illustrate women’s participation in the elections over the years.