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Philippines Slides in 2020 Global Gender Gap Report

The Philippines has been among the top 10 most gender equal countries in the world for more than a decade, from 2006 to 2019, the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual Global Gender Gap Reports showed.

But the picture changed in 2020 when the Philippines slid to No. 16, with a “widening of the political empowerment gap” which was attributed to the “significantly lower female representation in the Duterte Cabinet” as well as the “low female representation in Congress.”

But there’s still a bright spot. The Philippines is the second most gender equal country in Asia, next to New Zealand.

The WEF Report ranked 153 countries based on four categories: economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment.

Here are the top 10 most gender equal countries in the world and the top 10 in East Asia and the Pacific:

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Women Leaders in Politics
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