When it comes to female and gender equality, there are more than a few gaps that need to be closed across a spectrum of issues, from education to technology. The Gender Action Plan aims to increase opportunities for girls and women.
There are many industries where female advancement has been slow, especially in the video-game field where a 2005 study indicated that just 11.5% of employees were women. Industry watchers assert that these numbers can be improved if more women are encouraged to move into the software and video-game fields.
The recent passing of actress Jill Clayburgh reminds one columnist of how Clayburgh served as a trailblazer in the feminist film world by advancing big-screen roles for women. She played several characters, including the protagonist in "An Unmarried Woman," which helped define a generation of young women.
Benigno Aquino III -- the son of former Philippines President Corazon Aquino -- pledged to root out the corruption. Aquino leads the nine-candidate presidential race with more than 40% of the vote, with his closest challenger, ousted President Joseph Estrada, winning just 26%. Despite political violence that claimed 12 lives in the run-up to the election, turnout among the nation's 50 million people has reached 75%.