Philippines Tops Gender Equality Ranking In Asia

Laverne Mann
December 21, 2018

Overall, the report found that despite the gender gap across the MENA region closing narrowly in 2018, it remains the world's least gender-equal region.

"While a lot of the narrative in the past tended to focus on men in blue collar work in factories, there are a lot of women in blue collar or service work that are also being displaced - and that trend is starting to become more marked", she said.

Regionally, despite continued progress it will take the Mena economies 153 years to close the gender gap at the current rate of change.

Interestingly, India has the second-largest artificial intelligence (AI) workforce but one of the largest AI gender gaps, with only 22 per cent of roles filled by women.

Women make up 42% of Finland's parliament and 38.5% of ministers, which accounts for the nation's strong political empowerment rating.

The report, which was published this week, showed Rwanda leading the region despite moving down two places after a reversal in progress on economic participation and opportunity. The organization calculates that it will take 108 years to close the gender gap across politics, work, health and education, but 202 years to close the workplace gender gap.

"Proactive measures that support gender parity and social inclusion and address historical imbalances are therefore essential for the health of the global economy as well as for the good of society as a whole", said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.

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In the areas of political empowerment and economic participation and opportunity, South Korea was placed 92nd and 124th, respectively, with subindexes of 0.134 and 0.549.

The United States ranks 19th out of 149 countries on economic parity between women and men. However, access to health and education, and political empowerment showed reversals.

The analysis also suggests that, in addition to being outnumbered three to one, women in AI are less likely to be positioned in senior roles or signal expertise in high-profile, emerging AI skills.

Among countries where such data was available, just 34% of managerial positions were held by women, though five countries (Bahamas, Colombia, Jamaica, Laos and Philippines) had achieved gender equality in this regard. A figure of 1.0 means flawless equality, while zero means complete inequality.

The countries with the narrowest disparities between the sexes were Iceland, Norway and Sweden, while Yemen recorded the widest gap, followed by Pakistan, Iraq and Syria.

As in previous years, the Nordic countries took the top spots in the ranking with Iceland ranking first for the tenth consecutive year.

The region scored in the middle of the range of the Global Gender Gap Index with an average remaining gender gap of 31.7 percent.

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