New diversity panel to promote gender equality

Updated: Oct 2, 2021

PHILIPPINES: The Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) and the Philippine Women’s Economic Network (PhilWEN) have signed a memorandum of agreement to create a Diversity and Inclusion Committee that will promote gender equality across workplaces in the Philippines.

The panel was created to support recovery and sustainability plans, “given that many women, whether employees or entrepreneurs, have been severely impacted by what initially started as a health crisis, but has now become a severe economic crisis,” said PhilWEN Chair Ma. Aurora D. Geotina-Garcia.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the labor force participation rate is skewed significantly toward men, at 73.9%.

“The Philippines indeed needs a gender-responsive pandemic recovery plan because many female workers and business owners have additional responsibilities like caring for their families at home,” said International Labour Organisation Country Officer, Khalid Hassan.

So far, 10 companies have shown interest in joining the Diversity and Inclusion Committee with each of them also calling on more to become aware of the issue.

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