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The Philippines has made major achievements in women’s economic empowerment; with more than 40% of women enrolled in tertiary education, women holding 40% of senior management roles, and owning almost one quarter of small to medium enterprises.  The Philippines is the gender equality leader in South East Asia and ranked 8th out of 149 countries in the 2018 global gender gap index.

While the Philippines has made strong progress, cultural and political barriers continue to restrict opportunities available to women. Taking into account women’s higher levels of education, employers in the Philippines pay women 23-30%2 less than men, and appoint fewer women to leadership positions with 30% of boards composed entirely of men.

Filipino cultural norms also place the burden of unpaid housework and childcare upon women, restricting opportunities to progress in the workplace and in business. Women’s workforce participation is just 46% in the Philippines compared to 76% for men.

In collaboration with corporations and business leaders, impact investors and entrepreneurs, governments and advocates in the Philippines, Investing in Women is building the business case and spearheading the campaign for women’s economic equality in South East Asia.

Latest Resources

Investor’s Journey in Gender Lens Investing: Foundation for a Sustainable Society Inc.

21 June 2022

This case study explores the gender lens investing journey of FSSI, offering a motivating case for investors beginning to become more intentional about gender and bringing gender into their investment processes.

Gendered Impacts of MSME Policy Responses to COVID-19 in South East Asia

07 June 2022

This report uncovers the outcomes of MSME policy responses to the pandemic in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam, analysing the varied experiences of women and men in the MSME sector. 

Drivers of Change for Workplace Gender Equality

06 May 2022

This fact sheet highlights seven key drivers of workplace gender equality (WGE) that play an important role in achieving WGE.

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