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Contribution of women to economy – Phillipines experience

May 30, 2013

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), lead government agency that steers development efforts for women empowerment and gender equality, has cited the great contribution of women in the country’s workforce who work not only to earn for their family but also make economic and social contributions.

Women workers in the country are concerned in both traditional and non-traditional work, and they continue to break barriers in every field. They not only care for the elderly or teach children in school; they now also direct motion pictures, construct buildings, till agricultural lands, fly aircraft, and serve in the highest positions in the government. In spite of these advance, the PCW said there is still a need to push for women’s labor and economic rights to be recognized.

Mothers, and even domestic workers, who do child rearing and household chores, perform some of the most marginalized and yet probably the most humanizing work, the care of the country’s labor force. The PCW keeps on educating the public on labor rights as basic human rights and sincere concern for workers’ welfare that should be a priority for all employers.

The Philippines, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, has the least gender gap among business owners in the global arena with a 55:45 male-female ratio. Many businesswomen in the country have risen to prominence and some are listed among the top entrepreneurs. The Philippines ranks third in the Asia Pacific on women’s participation in the regular workforce, with over 70 women for every 100 men. Among the 14 Asia Pacific countries surveyed, New Zealand ranked first with a score of 77.8, followed by Australia with 76. The Philippines ranked third with a score of 70.5, followed by Singapore, 67.5, and Taiwan, 64.7.

We congratulate the Philippine Commission on Women headed by its Chairperson Remedios Ignacio-Rikken and its Executive Director Emmeline L. Versoza, in working for the promotion and fulfillment of women’s human rights to enable women and men to equally contribute to and benefit from development. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!

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