The panel will look at globalization, migration and select moments in time, past and present, through the experience of women.
The globe is moving towards an era distinguished by a worldwide integrated economy, where decisions regarding production, consumption and other aspects of social relations increasingly includes international dimensions. Forces of globalization are factual and their influences are felt everywhere. The significant gender differences and disparities with respect to decision-making powers, participation, and returns for effort that prevail in different societies need to be taken into account when responding to the forces of globalization. Because of gender inequalities and discrimination in all parts of the globe, women can be affected negatively by globalization processes to a greater extent than men. Besides, more women are moving now than ever before. While this may be factual of specific flows to and from specific countries where female migrant labour is by now the country's major export item, overall, women have always represented a significant share of migratory movements. It is the qualitative characteristics, how women move today, in what capacity and for what purposes, that reveal the more dramatic changes that underlie the evolution of the phrase the "feminization of migration". It is necessary to analytically check the gender impact of change so that the objectives of gender equality and the expansion of human capabilities are not given up.