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The Common Challenges Filipina Women Face in the Workplace

In different parts of the world, the archaic belief that women belong in the house is still pretty much alive. Although there have been many modern women who decided to break the rules and have a career, there are still so many stuck in the norm.

But even those who decided to work are still met with certain difficulties that men don’t go through. Is this the same in the Philippines, where women who work is mostly seen as a normal thing? What are the common challenges modern working Filipinas face at work?

The Balancing Act

Perhaps the main challenge that women face regardless of their career is balancing work with home life. This is especially difficult for women with children and families. Many tend to give up their careers after having kids.

According to a survey, 59% of Filipina women feel like they have missed opportunities for their career because of having kids.

But why is this the case?

It turns out that 55% of the women asked felt like their employers don’t provide them with enough benefits. For one, employers don’t offer as much parental leave as required by the law. Additionally, a staggering 49% of the participants also said the employee benefits for mothers are not enough.

With that, many women feel like there is an ultimatum hanging over their heads. Do they continue working to achieve higher income and risk missing important events in their children’s lives? Or stop working and pursuing their careers to become a full-time mother?

Filipinos have always been close to their families. So, unfortunately, many Filipina women tend to choose the latter.

Lack of Special Leaves

pregnant woman

Not many Filipina know their rights under the Philippine law–and many employers don’t either. Under the Magna Carta for women law, Filipinas are entitled to special leaves for their reproductive health. These leaves are perhaps the lacking benefits that many employers don’t have.

According to this law, every Filipina woman who is working in both public and private sectors should be given a paid break if they undergo gynecological surgeries. They shall be entitled to up to two months of paid special leave as they recuperate.

It is applicable for any surgery for any gynecological disorders. You can look for a complete list of these health issues online, or ask your physician.

Of course, there are specific requirements that should be met.

For those working in the private sector, you should have done six months of complete work 12 months before the surgery. You should also file a note for special leave before the expected date of the operation. Make sure you also have a medical certificate from a certified physician.

Discrimination at Work

Unfortunately, Filipino women are among those who still feel discriminated against at work because of their gender. There’s an alarming rate of 76% of women who experience this daily. It’s prevalent all around the world and is still one of the many problems every working woman has to face.

Women are very much capable of working and building a career. But even in a country like the Philippines where it’s normal to see Filipinas at work and thriving, challenges and discrimination could still occur. Good thing, Filipinas have rights and can fight for them if necessary.

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