Legarda: Continue women empowerment

March 9, 2014

For her part, Sen. Loren Legarda said that the country must continue building on its gains in women empowerment as the leading nation in Southeast Asia in closing the gender gap.

She noted that the country has been very progressive on the issues of women empowerment and gender equality through the introduction of various policies aimed at continuously improving on these aspects.

“Filipino women are involved in all sectors of our society. In fact, they are present in more than a hundred countries around the world, caring for children and parents not their own, and operating businesses and industries as part of the force that drives the growth of the global community. We are sharing 10 million Filipinos with the rest of the world, and 60 percent of them are women,” Legarda said.

“This reality compels us to continuously search for measures that will protect our women at home and beyond,” she added.

In November last year, the Philippine government was given the Award for Closing the Gender Gap in South and Southeast Asia at the Women in Parliaments Global Forum in Brussels, Belgium.

The award, which was received by Legarda as representative of the government, was given to the Philippines for ranking first among nations in South and Southeast Asia in the World Economic Forum’s survey of nations’ ability to close the gender gap.

View Full Article