Globalization is a process in which economic, cultural, and military concepts are spread either by use of force or adoption. In the globalization of the twenty-first century, this is the spread of the western culture’s technology, knowledge, and equal rights. This globalization trend is good not only for developed nations but also for nations in development. The twenty-first century globalization has had a positive impact in several nations around the world from the western countries to the emerging markets and has had tremendous positive impact in the world.
Through technology advancement, there have been great accomplishments to make what used to be people’s dream now a reality. This reality, along with Western culture, is spreading worldwide. One group of western technology is the group that makes life easier. Cars and trucks make it possible for the everyday husband and wife to get to and from work in only a matter of minutes. With this, each person gets to do more things within their day with an added bonus of less physical stress. Furthermore, the Bill Gate’s invention, the computer, has swept the world creating the infamously known World Wide Web. Now, families are able to talk and see each other from opposite sides of the globe keeping close relationships and staying in touch. All of these luxuries that were impossible before are now a part of people’s everyday life. With this wave of world wide spread of technology, people are all getting access to these very useful products. Through these inventions, there’s economic interdependence between nations and this reduces the chances of war as nations depend upon each other.
Now, with this technology the world has become smaller in which ideas and information can be transmitted globally or people are able to travel from country to country in a matter of hours instead of days or years. This bonding and creation of such a world has connected us together where events of aid are very prompt. One great example is the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. It did not take years, months, or days for the world to find out about this tragic event. Information was past swift and aid, by the use of aircrafts (a western invention), was delivered expeditiously. These excellent western technologies and culture (of helping others) helped rescue victims, tend to wounded, feed the new homeless families, and helped restore a country.
Advancement in technology has also led to discovery of cures for most ailments thus resulting to better health. Although disease like AIDS have no cures yet, they has been discovery of drugs that do prolong life indefinitely and by 2007 in Sub-Saharan alone more than 1 million people were using the drugs. Due to improved health public policies and advancement in medicine, mortality rates have been reduced and life expectancy lengthened.
As technology has been a great characteristic of the current age of globalization, one of the big cultural concerns of the twenty-first century has been equal rights. As each culture has their own perspective on equal rights a cheer for globalization sings in the Middle East. In 2009, a young Afghan woman, Aisha, 18 years old was punished by senseless beating and having her nose and ears chopped off. The reason for this was because she had run away from her husband. The Taliban is known to restrict Afghan women in everything that they do. For example, Afghan women are forbidden by their men to leave their homes unless with permission or are accompanied by a male. Aisha was later rescued by United States forces and hidden in secret. The United States secretary of state visited these women and promised to stand by them to achieve their rights. Now, Afghan women are slowly entering the workforce. Some have even interviewed a Taliban leader on national television. The United States helped the Afghan government enact a constitution which promotes gender equality and girls’ education.
In Saudi Arabia, women are segregated as they use different public utilities from those of the men. Again, every woman is required to be with a male guardian. This is set to change as the women have started speaking of having their freedom. Women such as Al-Fassi are leading others to fight for their rights, which prince Mansour fully supports.
Currently, although clad in black robes, women in Saudi Arabia can be seen driven to a shopping mall where they do their shopping without fear of a glancing man. They do their shopping from acclaimed American or European iconic fashions like Giorgio Armani while possibly talking about some Western musicians. Women in Saudi Arabia are wielding business power compared to ten years ago. They have even opened their own chamber of Commerce where they meet and share business ideas. In Afghan, the women have the opportunity to change their fortunes as well, by having a constitution that allows at least 25% of parliamentarians to be women and the right to vote. These women’s rights around the world are a clear indicator of globalization. It is through globalization that the economic and social status of women has tremendously improved.
Human advancement and equal rights shows exactly how great globalization of the twenty-first century is. Advancement in technology has enabled people to communicate and travel across the globe by using mobile phones, internet, aircrafts, or ships. It seems as if boundaries have been broken between nations. Important knowledge is shared across the globe some of which does benefits billions of masses, saves lives, and can restore a nation. Globalization has also enhanced equal rights to humans especially women in marginalized nations. They have been granted voting rights and can now be parliament representatives. Clearly, with all these positive sentiments about globalization, twenty-first century globalization is beneficial for the world.
The developing nations have been also the greatest beneficiaries of globalization. They can now access goods easily at lower prices due to liberalization of trade and recognition of civil rights. The money gained this way can be used to access better health care thus improving the standards of living no matter globalization can be said to be a recipe for combating poverty. This is evidenced from reports showing that in the last two decades 400,000 people were plunged from extreme poverty.
The increased interdependence, connectivity and integration of social, political, technological, economical and cultural issues worldwide have been the hallmark of globalization. Due to advancement in technology, information is now transferred from one corner of the globe to the other within seconds through either mobile phones, TVs, radios or the internet. People can travel faster throughout the globe and give essential services needed like curing the sick which again is done with use of advanced equipments and better medicines thus improved health care. Rights of individuals are now being respected more due to this integration of different cultures especially for the marginalized women whose importance is being realized in mostly conservative nations as democracy is being felt. Overall countries have benefitted from this interdependence as they can increase trade resulting to increased wealth for its citizens. Indeed globalization has been and will be beneficial.