The Philippines is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-cultural society and is often seen to have relatively progressive attitudes towards diversity, including women, LGBT and disability.

Yet the picture is not entirely straightforward and in many respects, the Philippines is a study in contrasts. It was ranked the most gender equal society in Asia and 7th out of 144 countries globally (World Economic Forum, 2016). However, many women living in rural areas continue to remain vulnerable to socio-economic challenges leading the UNDP to rank it 96th out of 159 countries. It is the 3rd largest Catholic country in the world, yet it has a long history of gender non-conformity and LGBT+ individuals are generally well tolerated in society. Its structures and value systems are an interesting product of Southeast Asian sensibilities, Catholic beliefs, and a special relationship with America. With millions of Filipino workers around the world and as the world’s 10th fastest growing economy, the Philippines is a market worth examining.

Be among the first to gain insights on this important market as we release our new Diversity & Inclusion in Asia Country View for the Philippines.

Key takeaways: 

Gain an overview of key diversity and inclusion issues in the Philippines, focusing on the key areas of:

  • Gender
  • Culture
  • Generations
  • Disability
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

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