Globalization, Human Rights & Security

Globalization—as a political, economic and cultural trend—continues to have a mixed impact on women. Although it is strengthening promotion of gender equality around the world, it is also in many cases widening the gulf between rich and poor, accelerating environmental degradation and increasing the workloads of women and girls. The expanding global marketplace is increasing women’s employment opportunities but also producing jobs that may be temporary, unsafe or exploitive. Furthermore, economic reform programs imposed on developing countries by international financial institutions have often eroded critical services, such as public health and education programs, thereby increasing the caregiving burdens of women and girls. While globalization has opened up new avenues for some women, it has also led to increased hardship for others.

Re:Gender Resources

  • US Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace, and Security

  • NCRW Fact Sheet: Violence Against Women Act
    The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is the most comprehensive federal legislation ever enacted to...

  • NCRW Fact Sheet: The International Violence Against Women Act
    I-VAWA would apply the force of U.S. diplomacy and provide $1 billion over five years to institute...

Reports & Publications

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Member Organizations


Blog Posts

At a time when twelve states have legalized same-sex marriage, it appears that LGBTQ rights are moving in a positive direction, even politically....
By Natasha Cline-Thomas*Each year, NCRW hosts an expert roundtable on the afternoon of its Awards Dinner. This year’s program Women 2012:...
By Shyama Venkateswar, Ph.D.*The National Council for Research on Women participates in the US Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace, and...
Margot Baruch, an NCRW AMEX Fellow, recently posted a blog analyzing the newly established UN Women program. She writes that in order “for UN...
By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon In 2005 I traveled to Afghanistan to write a newspaper story about women entrepreneurs, women who turned to business to...


  • August 21, 2010

    Reuters: Chechen women continue to be targeted for not wearing headscarves. Some women have been punched, or terrorized by men wielding automatic rifles.

  • August 20, 2010

    CBS News: Many fear that if the Taliban return to power, that the rights of women and girls will be sacrificed. At risk of being lost are the rights of girls to attend school and domestic violence shelters.

  • July 27, 2010

    New York Times: This month, in Argentina, gay couples won the right to marry and adopt children. Activists hope that the legalization of abortion in Latin America will soon follow, as it currently is only legal in Cuba.

  • July 15, 2010

    New York Times: Women in Guatemala make up about 15% of murder victims, in a country which has a murder rate of about 49 per 100,000 inhabitants.  A federal court is now considering political asylum claims from a Guatemalan woman who claims that...

  • July 13, 2010

    Human Rights Watch: This 65 page report  "addresses the potential challenges to women's rights posed by future government agreements with insurgent forces. The report describes how in areas under Taliban control, women are often subjected to...