Globalization affects every part of a society’s culture, it affects traditions and values. The country of Africa has found globalism as a challenge. According to the textbook, when Western powers withdrew from Africa, a void developed between African traditions and the Modernist way of life introduced by the Europeans. Parts of Africa that were poverty and disease stricken were not able to recover from the void. The struggle for power has led to dictatorships, which oppress their people. Also past ethnic conflicts have resurfaced leading to persecution, imprisonment, beatings and murders of rival sides.
These actions are supported and funded by the governments. Another negative effect of globalization is the belief that it has increased inequality around the world. According to manufacturing. net, during the most recent period of rapid growth in global trade and investment, 1960 to 1998, inequality worsened both internationally and within countries. The UN Development Program reports that the richest 20 percent of the world’s population consume 86 percent of the world’s resources, while the poorest 80 percent consume just 14 percent.
Some critics believe that globalization has led to exploitation of labor. Prisoners and child workers are used to work in inhumane conditions. Safety standards are ignored to produce cheap goods. There is also an increase in human trafficking. A potential negative effect in the future is the continuation of inhumane working conditions, unfair pay and oppression of workers. An increase in migrant workers also creates a challenge; often migrant workers are a small percentage of the population and are mistreated, subject to poverty and violation of human rights.
A positive effect of globalization is the media, communication and new technology. Media coverage of working conditions and inhumane treatment in other countries has brought awareness to the injustices. The media has allowed human rights campaigns and activist networks to get their message across to the entire world. The United States believes that is very important to promote human rights on a global scale. Human rights are a part of the U. S. foreign policy. According to americans-world. rg, many believe with the United States growing involvement in globalization, the U. S. should make human rights a priority and be greatly concerned about workers in other countries. However due to all the pressing issues facing the U. S. government human rights in other countries has not been a top priority. According to law. northwestern. edu, the fight for human rights has suffered set backs since the terrorist attacks in the U. S. in 2001. The ‘war on terrorism” has taken priority.