Finally, the Philippines in on top of a list that is not negative. I am used to seeing the Philippines on top of the list of the most polluted, most corrupt, or most violent countries in the world. So, imagine my surprise to see the Philippines (no. 6) on top of the World Economic Forum's Gender Gap Index joining countries like Sweden (1), Norway (2), Finland (3), Iceland (4) and Denmark (8)! It is the only Asian country in the top 10. It seems that the Philippines is lost in Scandinavia in terms of gender equality.
Studies show that we Filipinas edged our male counterparts in the education and training sectors from primary (87%), secondary (76%) and tertiary education (56%). There is also a significant increase in the number of female executives (97,000 women managers added in 2007 compared to only 16,000 men).
My message to Filipino males, don't despair, you can rest your macho souls because this is a good thing. This has nothing to do with being "under the saya" (under the skirt). My colleagues here in Switzerland were really impressed after seeing this list. They didn't believe me before when I said that we Filipinas are all about "women power". Unlike western women, I believe, Filipinas achieve equality with our men not by abandoning our traditional roles (like motherhood, housekeeping, etc) but by taking on added roles. We understand that there is a difference between the sexes. We understand our role, our men understand theirs. If we cook, clean, wash, that doesn't make us submissive or less equal. Filipinas are like real wonder women (Darna in Filipino comics, sans costume) or like the queen in the game of chess, we have all the moves....
My mom, I believe is the perfect example of a Filipina wonder woman. She is the best mom, best provider, good business woman, best grandmother and above all the best cook in the world. My sister probably is counted among the female executives mentioned above and a really brilliant one too! We are all about "women power" in our family.
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Cross posted at Filipina Images.