Philippines ranks 8th in gender equality

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 03 2011 12:26 PM | Updated as of Nov 04 2011 02:08 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines ranked eighth in a survey of countries that managed to achieve a semblance of equality between men and women, an improvement from its ninth-place ranking last year.

The country received a score of 76.9% in this year's Global Gender Gap Index of the World Economic Forum.

This means that the Philippines has closed almost 77% of its gender gaps, according to the report.

Topping the list is Iceland with a score of 85.3% followed by Norway (84%), Finland (83.8%), Sweden (80.4%), Ireland (78.3%), New Zealand (78.1%) and Denmark (77.8%).

Lesotho landed in ninth with a score of 76.7% followed by Switzerland with 76.3%.

"Gender gaps close when countries recognize the economic and social imperatives. With the right policies, change can happen very quickly," co-author Laura Tyson, S.K. and Angela Chan, professor of global management at the Haas School of Business in University of California at Berkeley said in a statement.

The Global Gender Gap Index assesses 135 countries, representing more than 93% of the world's population, on how well resources are divided among men and women.

The report examines the gap between men and women in four areas:

  1. economic participation and opportunity: salaries, participation and highly skilled employment
  2. education: access to basic and higher level education
  3. political empowerment: representation in decision-making structures
  4. health and survival: life expectancy and sex ratio