Globalisation and Inclusive Development is part of the Development and equity theme of the Utrecht Centre for Global Challenges.
Given that the impact of globalisation on inequality is substantial, surprisingly little attention has been paid to the differential impact of globalisation on men and women. This is unfortunate, since evidence from various disciplines shows that the globalisation process has coincided with changes in the position of women, both positive and negative. For one, globalisation causes specific patterns of development and specialisation. For instance, economic history has shown that the rise of export industries such as textiles and cash crop agriculture in some countries led to new employment opportunities for women. Political scientists show that as a result of international movements, women’s rights have found their way firmly onto the development agenda.