Gender identities and gender relations are critical aspects of culture because they shape the way daily life is lived in the family, as well as in the wider community and the workplace. Gender has functioned as an organizing principle in many societies because of the cultural significance given to being male or female. While the specific nature of gender relations varies among societies, the general pattern is that women have less personal autonomy, fewer resources at their disposal, and limited influence over the decision-making processes that shape their societies and their own lives. This pattern of disparity based on gender is both a human rights and a development issue.
Cultural change occurs as communities and households respond to social and economic shifts associated with globalization, advanced technologies, environmental pressures, armed conflict, development projects, and/or limited resources. Change also results from deliberate efforts to influence values through changes in the laws or policies, often due to pressure from civil society. There are many examples where policies were put into place to improve racial equality, workplace safety, and environmental protections. Efforts to reshape values about women and gender relations have focused on concerns such as the number of girls sent to school, women’s access to paid work, and social attitudes towards domestic violence.
Use your textbook and the following resources as your primary resources to construct an essay to answer the questions below. Be sure to convince your grader that you have used these resources – especially before you seek additional resources.
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How Did Genghis Khan Rise? Researchers are exploring the idea that shifting climate may have played a role in the sudden rise of the great Mongol empire, some 800 years ago. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
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Modern Women in the Land of Genghis Khan
Mongolia is still closely associated with the conquests of Genghis Khan, founder of the Mongol empire. But 800 years on, a new generation of women are catalysts for change in a country rapidly modernizing while holding on to its nomadic traditions.
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Ancient Lives: The Mongols
Mongolia, once the largest land empire ever known, shelters an existence of extremes. This barren steppe, averaging over 1,500 meters, in elevation has brought a stoic and practical nation has brought a stoic and practical nation of nomadic herders, the Mongols.
GOAL: This essay will test your ability to incorporate multiple perspectives into understanding different cultures as well as your ability to identify key issues that should be addressed in decision making when addressing global/ cultural issues or situations.
After reviewing some, or all, of the resources above, write a minimum 300-word essay in which you describe the gender roles of Mongolian men and women, both historically and currently. Are there any comparative roles in recent (last 100 years) American culture (or your own native culture) which are similar to those in Mongolian culture? How would you describe gender equity in Mongolia? Why is gender equality important? How does Mongolia’s gender equity compare to the equity between gender roles in the United States? How will the empowerment of women (or lack thereof) impact the overall economic development of Mongolia? Are there any global connections that could be impacted by this empowerment or a lack of it?
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Remember, critical thinking is not a regurgitation of facts, but the assimilation of information and a presentation of the facts.