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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

The Business of Social Norms

19 July 2021

This document provide guidance on what companies can do to shift social norms and challenge stereotypes in the workplace. Measures that have been successfully implemented by private sector companies to influence gender norms are also cited, for reference.

Through her lens: The impact of COVID-19 on Filipino girls and young women

07 July 2021

This study was designed to analyse the impact of COVID-19 on Filipino girls and young women aged 13 to 24 years old. It zooms in on the effects of the pandemic on girls and young women as told from their own perspective.

CASE STUDY: At the forefront of addressing workplace sexual harassment

01 July 2021

This case study provides an overview of how the PNB strengthened its policy by taking immediate action on sexual harassment and provide a safe and gender-sensitive work environment that prevents its occurrence. This protects all employees especially women and members of the LGBT who are reportedly more exposed to different forms of sexual harassment.

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