The number of women CEOs and entrepreneurs in the country attest to the reality of the crucial role women play in the economy and nation-building. Women can do more than encourage men and other pe0ple around them to achieve career and life goals.
The Grant Thornton International Limited's latest Women in Business report ranked the Philippines hrst among 35 countries with more women business leaders than men. According to the 2018 report, 46.58 percent of Filipino women in business hold senior management roles or 22.44 percent more than the global average. Moreover. the report showed the Philippines as one of only three countries where the number of established business owners among women is higher than that of men.
Diversity in leadership also boosts companies' competitive edge.
A more significant impact of women business leaders is the promotion of gender equality and women empowerment (GEWE) in the country. Since 2006. the Philippines is number one in terms of gender outcomes among members of the Assoaation of Southeast Asian Nations, based on the World Economic Forum (WEF) ranking. Also. the country has been consistently in the top 10 and ranked 7th in 2016 in the WEF list of 144 countries.
A company that adheres to a non-discriminatory hiring policy is good PR while expanding career opportunities to women and helping them attain higher level of financial security.
Helping sustain the promotion of gender equality and women empowerment in the country is the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) and the Women in Business Committee (WBC) that it created to work with gender advocates in narrowing the remaining gender gap in society.
The ECCP's WBC is also serving as a venue for mentoring and inspiring women and in discussing related issues like discrimination faced by women leaders in the business community, with its annual Women in Business Forum (WBF) and Networking Night at the Spaces in World Plaza, Bonifacio Global City.
The Women in Business Forum with the theme "Work Culture & Beyond“ celebrates achievements and progress in promoting GEWE; identify what works, what’s innovative, and what’s best in terms of solutions and strategies in advancing GEWE; and enable professional women and female business leaders to contribute to their workplace. The halftday forum will also highlight the challenge of bridging the gap between women busmess leaders and “millennials” as the next leaders of the business community.
Furthermore, the forum is designed to have sharp and snappy sessions with lots of Interaction, co-working, networking and peer exchange.
The WBF 2018 keynote speakers are Leni Bantiling, Vice President for Business Development of Trends and Concepts Total Interior Solutions Inc.; Senator Risa Hontiveros, Chair of the Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality; and Sheila Lobien, Regional Director of Jones Lang LaSalle Phils. Inc.