The Philippines slipped a notch to 17th place out of 156 countries in a global gender equality ranking based on the Global Gender Gap Report 2021 of Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF).
Despite the lower ranking, the Philippines was ranked second best in the East Asia and Pacific region, next only to New Zealand.
According to the report, the Philippines closed both its educational attainment at 99.9 per cent and health and survival gaps at 97.9 per cent. It is also among the 18 countries in the world that have closed at least 79.5 percent of their economic participation and opportunity gaps.
“This result is due in part to the fact that the Philippines is one of the few countries that has closed at the same time its gender gap in senior roles and in professional and technical roles,” the report said.
Iceland topped the global gender equality ranking, followed by Finland, Norway, New Zealand and Sweden. This is Iceland’s 12th time to take the lead.