Empowerment is used pervasively throughout the sphere of gender issues, economic empowerment, political participation, and the right to education.
The Philippines today, thought ranked at number 1 for gender equality in Asia and 10th on a global scale, current uproar of the Filipina population has stirred most of the media’s attention.
According to a survey conducted in 2016 by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) three in five women or 88% of women who are 18 to 24 years old would have experienced sexual harassment of some sort at least once in their lifetime with the classifications of these abusive actions being: wolf whistling, lascivious language, stalking, voyeurism, groping, rubbing or touching, catcalling, indecent gestures, exhibitionism and public masturbation, sending of pornographic pictures or videos, and cyberviolence.
58% of these harassments are experienced in the most public of spaces such as on the roads, major highways, small alleyways and with a majority of physical harassment happening in public transport vehicles. (https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/iq/135240-sexual-harassment-philippines)
It’s so easy to get away with these acts because they’re done in the blink of an eye, but Filipinas nowadays have been stronger and more adamant about their rights and the way they should be treated; though some still struggle with informing authorities and so they turn to social media which, more often than not, turns it to victim-blaming which is also current issue the country has now.
The Philippines today is far from being a perfect and gender equal country, but with the efforts made by women and the support groups, change has slowly come to surface.