Phl places 17th in Newsweek’s ‘The Best Places for Women’ PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 September 2011 15:09

By JELL E. GUZAMAN

Filipinas across the globe will now have more reasons to be proud of their native homeland as international magazine, Newsweek, recently published “The Best Places for Women,” with Philippines ranked 17th, besting other Asian countries.

In a statement, Presidential spokesperson Edwin Laciderda said the Palace was heartened that the Philippines topped Asia as the country that offers women the most expansive rights and the best quality of life.

“This is an affirmation of the respect our culture has always accorded Filipino women - one that manifests itself as well in our government’s efforts to promote equal gender opportunities in all spheres of public policies and programs,” said Lacierda.

Lacierda added that the administration remains committed in advancing the quality of life of all Filipinos from all walks of life.

According to Newsweek, of 165 countries, the Philippines is the only Asian country to be included in the top 20.

The Philippines garnered an overall score of 86.3 out of 100, with highest scores in the areas of education (92.2), economics (89.1), and justice (88.4).

According to Newsweek, the Top 20 countries for women are:
1. Iceland
2. Sweden
3. Canada
4. Denmark
5. Finland
6. Switzerland
7. Norway
8. United States of America
9. Australia
10. The Netherlands
11. New Zealand
12. France
13. Luxembourg
14. Portugal
15. Republic of Macedonia
16. Republic of Moldova
17. Philippines
18. Belgium
19. United Kingdom
20. Romania
Meanwhile, the lowest ranked countries on the list are Yemen (163rd), Afghanistan (164th) and Chad (165th), where only 20 percent of adult women can read.

As Filipino national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal once said in his letter to the young women of Malolos, “The power and good judgment of the woman of the Philippines are well known.”