Gov’t agency on women lauds PH rank in Global Gender Gap Index

For six straight years, the Philippines continues to rank higher than other Asian countries in reducing gender inequalities. According to the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 2012 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI), the country placed 8th out of 135 countries in terms of economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, political empowerment and health and survival.

“The Philippine Commission on Women celebrates the country’s continuing good performance in the GGI,” PCW Chairperson Remedios Ignacio-Rikken said. “We share the good news with government and local government partners and the international community who have remained steadfast in supporting our advocacies and programs in reducing gender disparities,” she added.

Rikken cited the experience of the Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women) Project which is supported by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). “This project is making a difference in the lives of women micro-entrepreneurs. Many of them can now express their needs to their local chief executives because the PCW, through the Project, was able to build their capacity and self-confidence,” she said. Rikken added that the Project brought together “convergent support” from national and local government to improve their enterprises. CIDA has been supporting PCW and other agencies and LGUs under this program since 2007.

“When women play active roles in society, they also contribute to resolving other problems such as peace and security, improved child and maternal health, keeping girls in school, and inclusive growth,” Rikken said.

Aside from CIDA, other official development assistance agencies (ODA) that the PCW has worked with include the UN Women, United Nations Population Fund, Agencia Española de Cooperacion International para el Desarollo (AECID), and Deutsche Gesellschaft fur International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

Rikken said that the PCW acknowledges the significant contribution of the development community in strengthening the capacity of the PCW and in contributing to national efforts to address gender inequality through their financial and technical assistance and through their own development programs. “We will continue to build on these efforts to promote gender equality and pave the way for a just and humane Philippines,” she said.