In light of International Women's Day, the International Labor Organization's (ILO) recent report findings show that women still face enormous challenges and barriers to finding and keeping jobs. In many regions of the world, women were more likely to stay unemployed: 6.2% of women are jobless across the world compared to 5.5% of men - and often had to accept lower quality jobs.
Women in California are paid 79 cents for every dollar men earn. Despite this, all women are required to pay a tax on sanitary hygiene products such as tampons and pads. California State Assemblywomen Cristina Garcia and Ling Ling Chang are challenging the state to treat pads and tampons as necessities and end the tampon tax for good. Story from New York Times.
A statistic we can be proud of. The Philippines climbed to 7th in Gender Equality Index - the highest in all of Asia last year! How? The Philippines recorded more female legislators, senior officials, managers, political ministers, and professional and technical workers which means MORE political empowerment, economic participation and opportunities for Filipina women in the Philippines. Since 2006, the Philippines has been in the Top 10 ranking. But there's still room for improvement in the educational attainment gender gap which has increased slightly. News story from PhilStar.com.