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Tulungan kapwa ‘Eba’: Poe asks Filipina trailblazers to open doors for struggling women

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Senator Grace Poe on Thursday urged Filipina “trailblazers” to create more opportunities that would help marginalized and struggling women succeed.

She said that the presence of “poster girls” in government and other industries was not reflective of the true state of the Filipina.

“It is incumbent on those of us who have succeeded in our careers, to help pave the way for others to follow. We have to hang together or we hang separately so let us help each other,” Poe said.

She made the appeal in front of women leaders, foreign dignitaries and other guests from various sectors at the #Women2020 Summit, an event organized by non-profit organization Spark! Philippines to mark International Women’s Day.

The summit gathered women leaders from various institutions to discuss the position of women in leading the new decade and the progression, inclusion, innovation, new opportunities and evolution of the roles of women.

Tasked to speak on how women were changing the world and creating change through gender-responsive legislation, Poe called attention to the disparity that women face in terms of work and opportunities for success, and the double-edged sword that female leaders carried.

“Women’s roles in nation-building still appear restrictive. Being a woman in a leadership position has always been a challenge. When a man is tough, people will say he’s a good boss or a good leader,” she

“But if it’s a woman who is tough or strict, she’s called [another thing]…it also begins with a ‘B’ but derogatory,” Poe said.

Poe said that while the Philippines ranked No. 1 out of 32 countries in having the most number of women executives in top leadership roles, many other Filipinas toiled abroad or in the informal sector without benefits or protection.

At least 43 percent of Filipino women executives hold senior management posts, according to Grant Thornton Internationals’ 2020 Women in Business Report.

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