Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday lamented that women in politics were still targets of criticism because of their gender and that the malicious criticisms against her were rooted in misogyny.
“My being a woman—and my being a widow—has paved the way for a lot of malicious and undeserved criticisms on my person, it’s not the same for men,” she In a radio program while discussing gender quotas.
“When you’re seen outside—even if you are with girls— If you’re seen in social circles, you’re seen as being easy,” she added
Aside from her experience, she also cited Senator Leila De Lima’s. Robredo noted that if male counterparts were tagged with the same accusations, they would not be crucified in the same manner that De Lima had been.
Robredo added that this sexism was also present in the private sector, where men are preferred over women to avoid providing perks like maternity leaves.
“Men are more preferred for some other positions because they feel like there are more chances for women to be bound by family circumstances, cultural dictates,” the Vice President argued.
“So it’s still not the same. We have come a long way, but there is still a long way to go." — Joviland Rita/DVM, GMA News