The Philippines is an archipelago made up of more than 7, 000 islands, situated in South East Asia. It is one of the most populous countries in the world – 101.5 million, 50.3 million of which are female.
It is ranked 9th among the 142 countries assessed in the 2014 Global Gender Gap Report. While this is so, gender disparities still exist in the country.d
- Women only occupy 20% of elective posts, however, more women occupy career positions in government service.
- Women’s labor force participation rate is 20% lower than men (50.3% for women, 78.4% for men), but unemployment rate for women is 1.1% lower than men (5.3% for women, 6.4% for men) in 2014.
- More male overseas workers than females (1, 154, 000 males, 1, 141, 000 females) in 2014. Women overseas workers work as laborers and unskilled workers, earning lower than their male counterparts in 2013 (average remittance of PhP 58, 000 for women overseas workers, while PhP 103, 000 for men).
- A total of 10, 963 women have been victims or survivors of violence (physical and/or sexual violence), based on the National Demographics and Health Survey of the Philippine Statistical Authority. Based on the Philippine National Police report, there has been a 59.7% increase in the number of reported cases of women victims or survivors of rape in 2014, from 1, 259 in 2013 to 2, 010 in 2014.
- 85, 565 persons or 17, 113 families have been affected by the offensives of the government against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in the southern part of Mindanao in March 2015. Of this number, 64, 925 persons or 12, 985 families are internally displaced.