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