MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines fell 3 notches – from 7th place last year to 10th place – in the ranking of the Global Gender Gap report in 2017.
The report, released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Thursday, November 2, ranked 144 countries based on 4 categories: labor force participation, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment.
The country maintained its status of being the most gender equal country in Asia. But regionally, it lost the top spot it held last year to New Zealand. New Zealand got a score of 0.791 while the Philippines closely followed at second place with 0.790.
According to the report, the Asian country’s drop was due to the wage difference between men and women for similar work done.
“A worsening performance on the wage equality for similar work indicator, dropping from 7th to 21st, partly accounts for this fall,” said the report released annually by the WEF.
“The country also re-opens a Health and Survival gender gap for the first time since 2006,” it added.
Meanwhile, the Philippines fared well in other areas of economic opportunities such as women handling managerial and executive positions and labor force participation.