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Globalization and its Impacts on Indigenous Women: The Philippine Experience (No. 1)

USD 6.00 Publisher: TWN
ISBN: 983-9747-63-0
Year: 2001
No. of pages: 44
Size of book: 14.5cm x 21cm
Author: Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
About the Book

The current process of globalization is having disastrous and far-reaching effects on indigenous communities around the world. Economic liberalization and the increasing power of global market forces in determining local economic and social realities, has resulted in negative impacts on indigenous women in particular. This paper examines the actual and potential impacts of globalization on indigenous women, using the Philippine context as a case study.

The author argues that the current form of globalization, which undermines sustainability at the local levels, is antithetical to genuine and gender-sensitive development. The transfer of decision-making power from the state to global bodies such as transnational corporations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Trade Organization, further weakens the possibilities of achieving economic and social equity for indigenous women. It is imperative, therefore, for indigenous women to actively challenge and transform the globalization agenda.

About the Author

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz is the Director of Tebtebba Foundation - an indigenous peoples' international NGO based in Baguio City in the Phillipines which undertakes research on the impact of globalization on indigenous peoples. Victoria is an indigenous woman, a Kankana-ey Igorot from the Philippines. She has written many articles on indigenous women and on globalization as well as on the environment and development issues of indigenous peoples. She is the convenor of the Asian Indigenous Women's Network. She is the Chairperson-Rapporteur of the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations.

  1. Introduction

  2. The Gap between rhetoric and reality
    The Philippine example
    Mexican situation

  3. The face of globalization in the Philippines

  4. Feminization and flexibilization of labour in industry and services

  5. The liberalization of agriculture

  6. Impacts on indigenous women
    i. inability to compete with imported crops
    ii. The erosion of control over genetic resources and indigenous knowledge
    iii. Undermining of the rights of indigenous women to their ancestral lands and to self-determination in agricultural programs
    iv. Threatened food security
    v. Increasing health hazards for indigenous women and the further degradation of the environment
    vi. Destruction of indigenous economies and increased outmigration
    vii. Increasing economic security among indigenous women
    viii. Erosion of small-scale home-based handicraft industries run by indigenous women
    ix. Worsening poverty
    x. Increasing incidents of sexual abuse and violence against women
    xi. Heavier unpaid women's reproductive work
    xii. Increasing social problems and family problems

  7. Dilemmas in handling the globalization agenda

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