Globalization & Women
Background on "so-called" Free Trade
"Free Trade" hurts women, families and traditional ways of life and local economies. We cannot build a peaceful world when transnational corporations negotiate agreements with governments that treat people as commodities, dismantle local economies, and "mine" natural resources needed by local and regional communities, and will move operations as soon as labor organizes leaving local peoples without a way to make a living.
One of the significant effects of globalized markets is the large scale migration, often illegal, that draws people toward international borders. The impact of this clustering of people creates situations conducive to such heinous phenomenon as the Femicide occuring in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico/El Paso, New Mexico, USA.
Andean "Free" Trade Agreement (AFTA) Negotiations took place in Tucson from November 30 through December 4th. Code Pink joined together with other local Tucson-based groups to create a No AFTA Alliance. Within this group's actions CODEPINK facilitated THE GLOBAL UNEMPLOYMENT LINE to symbolize the destruction of workers lives, families, livelihoods and communities throughout the Americas due to "Free" Trade that benefit only the transnational corporations.
So why is AFTA a CODEPINK concern, and what do "free" trade agreements have to do with peace or women's issues?
Copies of fliers promoting the Global Unemployment LineDownload THIS MS Word1 page, 1-sided flier.
Download THIS MS Word 2 page (double sided) quarter-sheet (4 to a page) flier.
Download the GUL Pink Slip.
"Se�orita Extraviada, Missing Young Woman", a film by Lourdes Portillo, tells the story of the over 370 kidnapped, raped and murdered young women of Juarez, Mexico. "It is the story of the underbelly of our global economy."
To Die a Little: Migration and Coffee in Mexico and Central America. Special Report of the Americas Program by Luis Hern�ndez Navarro. December 13, 2004
Links Between Global Trade and Poverty. Speech given to the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid, on May 14, 2003 by Ritu Sharma.
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