globalization, global justice

Resources and links on globalization

Women and Globalization

Women and the Economy : an introduction to women and globalization

This is a project of the UN Platform for Action Committee (UNPAC), established in Manitoba, Canada in 1995 after the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, in 1995 to advocate for the implementation of the Platform for Action born out of Beijing as well as other United Nations agreements which advance women's equality.

"For women around the world... globalization is not an abstract process unfolding on an elevated stage. It is concrete and actual. Female textile workers from... Eastern Germany are losing their jobs to women in Bangladesh; Filipinas clean vegetables and kitchens in Kuwait; Brazilian prostitutes offer their services around Frankfurt's main railway station; and Polish women look after old people at rock-bottom prices in... Germany..."

Women Challenging Globalization

A gender perspective on the United Nations International Conference on Financing for Development,
March 18-22, 2002, Monterrey, Mexico

This report has a number of valuable sections, including: "The NEPAD, Gender and the Poverty Trap" (April 2002)
by Zo Randriamaro (Madagascar/ Ghana), program director at Gender and Economic Reforms in Africa in Accra

"...One of NEPAD's largest failings is to ignore the traumatic fallout on women of structural adjustment programs (SAPs) and other policies imposed by the international financial institutions, as well as their contribution in the impoverishment of African countries..."

The International Gender and Trade Network
"The IGTN is an international network of gender advocates actively working to promote equitable, social, and sustainable trade. The Network utilizes research, advocacy and economic literacy to address the specific trade issues of the seven regions: Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, North America, and Pacific."
The network's website offers
information and links to organizations and papers on women and trade issues around the world.

Focus on the Global South

"Focus aims to consciously and consistently articulate, link and develop greater coherence between local community-based and national, regional and global paradigms of change. Focus on the Global South strives to create a distinct and cogent link between development at the grassroots and the "macro" levels."
Based in Bangkok, Thailand, Focus on the Global South is an important source of articles, books, analysis and general coverage of globalization issues today. Their website is an excellent resource with many links to other organizations.

Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development
"APWLD is an independent, non-government, non-profit organization. It is committed to enabling women to use law as an instrument of social change for equality, justice and development. It has a consultative status at the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).

Objectives: To enable women in the region to use law as an instrument of change for the empowerment of women in their struggle for justice, peace, equality and development. To promote basic concepts of human rights in the region as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discriminations Against Women (CEDAW) and other relevant international human rights instruments."

Diverse Women for Diversity
An international women's network based in New Delhi, India, Diverse Women for Diversity is a programme of Navdanya. "It seeks to herald a global campaign of women on biodiversity, cultural diversity and food security. Diverse Women for Diversity echoes women's voices from the local and grassroots level to global fora and international negotiations. It seeks to strengthen women's grassrots movements and provide women with a common international platform to air their views. Over the years, Diverse Women for Diversity has evolved a non-violent resistance and opposition to globalisation, emergency of genetic engineering and patents on life forms. Women of the world join hands under Diverse Women for Diversity."

Peoples' Global Action and see the Global Action Database at
"In February 1998, movements from all continents met in Geneva to launch a worldwide coordination of resistances to the global market, a new alliance of struggle and mutual support called Peoples' Global Action against "Free" Trade and the World Trade Organisation (PGA). This platform, defined by the PGA hallmarks, manifesto and organisational principles, is an instrument for communication and coordination for all those fighting against the destruction of humanity and the planet by capitalism, and for building alternatives. These documents have evolved during subsequent conferences, in particular to take a clearly anti-capitalist (not just anti-neoliberal) stand, to avoid confusion with right-wing anti-globalisers and to strengthen the perspective on gender.

So far, PGA's major activity has been coordinating decentralised Global Action Days around the world to highlight the global resistance of popular movements to capitalist globalisation. The first Global Action Days, during the 2nd WTO ministerial conference in Geneva in May 1998 involved tens of thousands in more than 60 demonstrations and street parties on five continents. Subsequent Global Action Days have included those against the G8 (June 18/1999), the 3rd WTO summit in Seattle (November 30/1999), the World Bank meeting in Prague (September 26/2000), the 4th WTO summit in Qatar (November 2001), etc.."

International Forum on Globalization
"The International Forum on Globalization (IFG) is an alliance of sixty leading activists, scholars, economists, researchers and writers formed to stimulate new thinking, joint activity, and public education in response to economic globalization.

The goal of the IFG ... is twofold: (1) Expose the multiple effects of economic globalization in order to stimulate debate, and (2) Seek to reverse the globalization process by encouraging ideas and activities which revitalize local economies and communities, and ensure long term ecological stability."

Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch
"Global Trade Watch (GTW) promotes democracy by challenging corporate globalization, arguing that the current globalization model is neither a random inevitability nor 'free trade.'"

Oxfam International has an excellent site full of information, papers and other resources. On trade issues, see for instance their report on cotton:

Cultivating Poverty: The impact of US cotton subsidies on Africa Oxfam International Paper No. 30, Sept. 2002
" American cotton subsidies are destroying livelihoods in Africa and other developing regions. By encouraging over-production and export dumping, these subsidies are driving down world prices – now at their lowest levels since the Great Depression. While America’s cotton barons get rich on government transfers, African farmers suffer the consequences." Click on link above for
summary and to download full paper

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