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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.

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Widening the Lens, Looking Further Ahead: Options for Australian Support of Gender Lens Investing Post-Investing in Women

11 November 2021

This discussion paper presents comments on the findings from the Investing in Women Phase 2 (2019-23) Mid-Term Review Pathway 2 Report for future recommendations on appropriate catalytic use of grant funding for Women’s Economic Empowerment with regard to the Gender Lens Investing (GLI) ecosystem already built by Investing in Women’s Pathway 2 in South East Asia ...

Investing in Women Phase 2 (2019-23) Mid-Term Review Pathway 2 Report

04 November 2021

This report presents findings and recommendations from the Mid-Term Review of Investing in Women’s Pathway 2 focused on Impact investment for WSMEs.

Investing in Women Phase 2 (2019-23) Mid-Term Review Pathway 1 Report

04 November 2021

This report presents findings and recommendations from the Phase 2 Mid-Term Review of Investing in Women’s Pathway 1 focused on Workplace Gender Equality.

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