Despite the threatening likelihood of a global climate crisis, little action has so far been taken by governments. Apart from recurring summits, which only bring forward further protocols, agreements and promises that rarely have any serious enforcement mechanism or consequences if not followed through, radical measures and reforms remain absent. From October 31 until November 14, 2021, world leaders convened in Glasgow for the COP26 summit, aiming to find measures to reduce emissions and prevent the approaching climate crisis in the coming decades.
The end of history and the predominance of capitalism and liberal democracy, resulting in the end of ideological fights, was believed to favor people’s well-being. With the fall of socialism, a new system has risen, neo-liberalism, which had overthrown liberalism and conquered the world. Liberty, equality, fraternity were replaced by profit margins.
Debunking myths: Does the contemporary focus on improving women’s position in economic production deliver ‘empowerment’?
Growing concern about the correlation between women and poverty in developing countries has expanded in the last decades within the field of international development. Studies to investigate the effectiveness of the ‘investing in girls and women’ narrative have shown that economic empowerment is not enough to confer women and girls a just and equitable position in society – quite the contrary. This analysis explores why economically investing in women and girls in developing countries is not an effective strategy to eradicate gender inequalities.