About the Speaker
Dr Mahar Mangahas, President, Social Weather Stations, Philippines
About the Webinar
In Southeast Asia as a whole, the state of well-being is middling compared to other regions of the world. But there is much variation within the region, depending on the dimension of well-being examined. At present, the Covid-19 pandemic has become the common threat to human well-being across the world. In Southeast Asia, the rates of infection and mortality from the disease are generally lower, but the damage inflicted on well-being may be as high, compared to elsewhere.
This seminar examines the trends and salient dimensions of well-being in Southeast Asia through the indicators of security and good governance, social and economic well-being, and subjective well-being. The first indicator covers the peoples’ aspirations since colonial times: a peaceful and secure existence, under a democratic, accountable government. The second examines (a) the desire for economic circumstances, education, and health that are decent by societal standards, and (b) the status of women vis-à-vis men. The third covers satisfaction with personal lives, by the people’s own standards.