In Asia, Philippines is the best place to be a woman


International publication Newsweek magazine reports the Philippines is the best place in Asia for women.

The country ranked 17th overall in Newsweek’s “The Best and Worst Places for Women,” which analyzed 165 countries.

The report looked at five areas that affect women’s lives — treatment under the law, political power, workforce participation, access to education and access to health care.

The Philippines garnered an overall score of 86.3 out of 100, and is the only Asian country to be included in the Top 20.

China came in second place (23rd), followed by Mongolia (32nd).

In a statement, Malacañang said it is heartened by the results of the Newsweek report.

“This is an affirmation of the respect our culture has always accorded to Filipino women — one that manifests itself as well as in our government’s efforts to promote equal gender opportunities in all spheres of public policies and programs,” it said.

“Rest assured, our administration remains committed in advancing the quality of life of all Filipinos from all walks of life,” the Palace added.

Newsweek named Iceland as the best place in the world for women with an overall score of 100, followed by Sweden, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Norway, United States, Australia and Netherlands.

The worst place in the world to be a woman, according to the report, is Chad in Central Africa with an overall score of zero, followed by Afghanistan, Yemen, Congo, Mali, Solomon Islands, Niger, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Sudan and Guinea.

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  • Banana

    mga pinoy nga naman… kahit naman positive may makikitang mali. lahat matatalino sa arguments, lahat may sagot sa problema ng bansa. wala namang may gumagawa kasi iaasa lang naman pala sa mga nahalhal (at babatuhin as usual, how ironic LOL). ngayong masaya maging babae sa pilipinas, di talaga maiwasang pagdiskitahan ang mga domestic helpers, prostituted women and other “dirty jobs” of filipino women. sige nga, anu ba ang tamang imahe ng mga pinay? may ginagawa ka ba para mabago ‘to, hindi lang sa loob ng bahay, kundi sa pangkalahatan?

  • Juan ricardo Silvino

    Maaaring paniwalaan ang artikulo na ito… Totoo naman na mapalad ang mga kababaehan dito sa Pilipinas dahil nabigyan naman talaga sila ng karapatan katulad ng sa kalalakihan.  At bukod sa karapatan na yan, sadya din likas sa mga AMA NG TAHANAN ang pagiging mapagmahal at maaruga sa pamilya kaya nadadamayan nila ang mga MISIS NG TAHANAN sa pag-aalaga at pag-aasikaso sa mga anak at maging sa gawain bahay…

  • Mon Mayuga

    We, the menfolk are willing to accept women in positions of power in our country but not for someone like Gloria Arroyo.

  • Anonymous

    I tend to agree that we have more respect for our women in this country.  Mothers are well regarded by their children and have big roles to play in the family, especially in rearing children and managing the home.  Our laws also protect them in the Family Code, Magna Carta for Women Act, and other legal issuances, protecting their rights.  In fact, forcing one’s wife to have sex with you, the husband, when she does not feel like it is punishable under the law.  The  proper regard for the “dignity of women” does not allow them to be regarded as mere sexual objects that men can toy around with when and as often as they want.  The equality of men and women as co-equals, as partners in life in a married life setting has been a constant doctrine of the Church in the modern world.

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