Is Globalization a Blessing or a Burden on Women?

Women, accounting for half of the world’s population and two-thirds of the world’s work hours, consistently have fewer resources and less representation at decision-making levels. Some industries, particularly in male-dominated societies, take advantage of eased movement of capital and reduced state controls on trade and investment to reduce wages for the poor, especially women. An example is Bangladesh’s readymade garments industry, which accounts for most of that nation’s exports. About 80 percent of the employees are women, who earn less than their male counterparts and endure occupational health hazards. Likewise, obligations of a 14-hour day make it hard for women to perform traditional duties at home, leading to high divorce rates. At all levels of society, manufactured roles for women serve the interests of men at the expense of women. One facet of globalization – the spread of information technology – has helped women organize and promote their interests globally. Yet the same advancements produce internet pornography, encouraging sexual assault. While globalization did not create gender inequality, it has hardly helped raise the low status of women. Recognizing the potential problems and minimizing gender differences can lead to more civilized societies. – YaleGlobal

Is Globalization a Blessing or a Burden on Women?

Rezina Sultana
Monday, March 6, 2006

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The writer teaches English at the State University of Bangladesh.

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