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.