MANILA - A recent survey found that 41 percent of Filipinos believe that most women in the country are not disadvantaged and are actually on equal footing with their male counterparts.
In a December 2016 Pulse Asia survey of 1,200 adults, only 33 percent of the respondents agreed with the test statement: "Most women in our society are at a disadvantage."
Another 26 percent was undecided.
In Metro Manila and Mindanao, near majorities (50 and 48 percent respectively) shared the plurality sentiment that most women in the Philippine society are not at a disadvantage.
This was higher than the rating noted in Balance Luzon and Visayas (37 and 35 percent respectively).
Meanwhile, scores were fairly steady across socio-economic classes at 40 to 44 percent, and between genders at 41 for both males and females.
In the Global Gender Gap Index 2016, the Philippines ranked seventh among countries which have closed the disparity between genders, with a score of 0.786.
The list was topped by Iceland with a score of 0.874.
The report noted that Philippines "maintains its respective ranking as the highest performer in the East Asia and the Pacific region, despite a slight decline in its overall score."
It attributed the lower Economic Participation and Opportunity sub-index score, to the fewer female legislators, senior officials, and managers.
WOMEN SHOULD FIGHT FOR THEIR RIGHTS
The same Pulse Asia survey found that almost every Filipino believes a woman has the right to fight for her rights.
The poll said 94 percent of the respondents have agreed that "it is only right for a woman to fight for her rights."
The survey showed that this opinion was shared among Filipinos across geographical areas (91 to 97 percent), socio-economic classes (92 to 95 percent), gender (93 percent for males and 95 percent for females), and level of educational attainment (92 to 96 percent).
Disagreement with this view and indecision on the matter were at a bare minimum at the national level (2 percent and 4 percent, respectively) and the different subgroups (0 to 8 percent)
The survey was conducted from December 6-11, 2016 using face-to-face interviews. It has a +/- 3% error margin at the 95% confidence level.