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PH Praised For Closing Gender Gap, Embracing Women Leaders

US President Donald Trump speaks on the final day of the APEC CEO Summit, part of the broader Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit, in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 10, 2017.
World leaders and senior business figures are gathering in the Vietnamese city of Danang this week for the annual 21-member APEC summit. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Anthony WALLACE

United States President Donald Trump has praised the Philippines for closing the gender gap and embracing women leaders in a speech during the recently concluded Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in Da Nang, Vietnam.

“For 11 consecutive years, the World Economic Forum has ranked the Philippines first among Asian countries in closing the gender gap and embracing women leaders in business and in politics,” said Trump on Friday, November 10.

According to WEF’s Global Gender Gap report for 2017, the Philippines is ranked 10th place, slipping 3 notches from 7th back in 2016. Despite that, the country maintained its status as being the most gender equal country in Asia.

The Philippines was one of the first countries in Asia to have a female president in Cory Aquino, which led the country from February 25, 1986 to June 30, 1992.

President Trump also praised the Philippines for being a “proud nation” with “strong and devout families”.

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