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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

Philippine Venture Capital Report 2020 (Inaugural Edition)

19 January 2021

The Philippine Venture Capital Report 2020 provides an overview of the country’s venture capital (VC) industry, touted as “the sunrise industry of the Philippines,” and its influence on the growth and development of the Philippine startup ecosystem. This inaugural report documents the latest deal activity, most notable startup transactions and other key developments in VC ...

Investing in Women Workplace Gender Equality video

19 November 2020

This video provides a definition of Workplace Gender Equality (WGE), as well as the benefits of practicing WGE. It includes testimonials from top executives in member companies of Business Coalitions, which are also leading businesses in Investing in Women’s target countries.


15 November 2020

These fact sheets present a snapshot of the findings on the social norms, attitudes and practices of urban millennials in Vietnam, based on the SNAP 2020 Survey.

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