Domestic violence in PH still "unacceptably high" despite improvements in gender equality, says World Bank study

InterAksyon.com-citing the World Bank Study "Toward Gender Equality in East Asia and the Pacific"-reports that the Philippines "is doing relatively well in terms of a number of indicators on gender equality compared with other countries in the East Asia and the Pacific."

InterAksyon.com-citing the World Bank Study "Toward Gender Equality in East Asia and the Pacific"-reports that the Philippines "is doing relatively well in terms of a number of indicators on gender equality compared with other countries in the East Asia and the Pacific."

 

However, according to the report, Andrew Mason, lead author of the study, pointed out that  "while domestic violence in the country is low compared to countries making up the Pacific region, it is still ’unacceptably’ high of you put in actual numbers."

 

The report noted: "Two-thirds of adult women in the Pacific region have experienced violence in the hands of a partner. In the Philippines, around 18-19 percent of women reported domestic violence." The report then quoted Mason, who explained, "If you look in the scale of the region, it's on the relatively low side. But it's still, I would say, unacceptably high. If you convert this percentage into numbers of (Filipino) women this means about 5.5 to 5.6 million adult women have experienced domestic violence at the hands of a partner. So there's good news and bad news hidden in this statistics."

 

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