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Top 10 countries for women: Global Gender Gap Index 2010

- Correspondent

9. The Philippines

The Philippines, which has closed 77 percent of its gender gap, is the highest-ranking country in Asia and the highest-ranking in the world in the categories of education and health – although several countries in the top 10 share the No. 1 spot for educational equity. It has done well in past years, too – No. 9 in 2009 and No. 6 in 2006. It is the only country in Asia to fully close the gender gap in education and health and one of only eight countries in the world to do so. It is No. 13 in the world for economic opportunity and No. 17 for political empowerment.