Gender issue least of RP’s problems

THE Philippines’ gender equality and women empowerment have improved despite sporadic reports of discrimination, a joint study of the Asian Development Bank and other multilateral institutions reveals.

“There is no doubt that the Philippines compares favorably with other countries in the region when it comes to gender issues. But the study identifies a number of issues that need further attention,” said Karin Schelzig Bloom, a Social Sector specialist at the Asian Development Bank.

In the study “Paradox and Promise in the Philippines: A Joint Country Assessment,” the country is reported to have enacted laws that protect and promote women’s rights; however, the focus must now be on implementation.

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