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U of L explores gender inequality through pandemic lens


By Ry Clarke - Lethbridge Herald Local Journalism Initiative Reporter on February 7, 2023.

The University of Lethbridge’s Prentice Institute invited Pascal Ghazalian to give a talk on the effects of globalization on gender inequality, and the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking about the prevalence of gender inequality that has consequences for women’s well-being and for their economic opportunities and social status, Ghazalian tied this into a globalization narrative.

“Gender inequality encompasses a wide range of inequalities, including barriers to education, health care, as well as restrictions on asset ownership, political participation, and labour participation,” said Ghazalian. “The prevalence of gender inequality has important consequences for women’s well being and for their economic and educational opportunities and political representations. Globalization is deemed to be an important factor that affects women, the economy, and society, that contributes to reducing the extent of gender inequality.”

With those influences, Ghazalian notes the effect the pandemic had on both globalization and gender inequality.

“The process of globalization has been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been significant disruptions like international supply chains and reduction in foreign direct investment,” said Ghazalian. “The pandemic was also exploited by some political parties and governments to embolden nationalistic and populist tendencies. There is a potential trilateral connection between the COVID-19 pandemic, globalization and gender inequality. Since the COVID-19 pandemic has direct effects on gender inequality, and indirect effects on gender inequality through its fallout on globalization.”

Speaking to the different areas that were influenced by this disruption, Ghazalian notes the effect COVID had on those sectors.

“The effects of globalization on gender inequality could also occur through business channels. For example, the effects could be realized through social and cultural spillover channels and the business sectors where new ideas are diffused and existing ones are modified. Globalization would lead to increases and market competition, which then increases market competition and lessens the extent of employment discrimination,” said Ghazalian. “Globalization could also affect gender inequalities through social channels. Globalization increases international communication and promotes international flow of information. High levels of international interconnectedness will eventually lead to improvements in human status and to decreases in gender inequality.”

Ghazalian’s talk helped examine the different effects of globalization on gender inequalities, and the influences on those factors.

“There is a need to reconstruct national and international institutions and to steep development towards technologies that increase employment rates across various labour skill categories. Such actions are deemed important for globalization in general, and for globalization-led progress towards decreasing gender inequality,” said Ghazalian.

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johnny57

UNBELIEABLE!!!…Can these “Man haters” give it a break!
More Men than Women were negatively affected by the pandemic: Truck Drivers are mostly Men but not a peep from these “Social Engineers” on how this affected Men!
Their Woman = victim narrative is getting so old now that the cobb-webs are starting to drag on the ground!
Of course they won’t stop until they reach their ultimate goal: The so-called patriarchy is extinguished and they rule unchallenged over humanity.