EWB 2011 Alumna wins Fulbright research grant for research paper

28 May 2012:

Jordyn Arndt from St. Catherine University in St.Paul/Minneapolis, USA, and an EWB 2011 Alumna, has recently been awarded a Fulbright research grant for her work, detailed in a research paper, she presented at the conference last March.

Jordyn was one of 36 paper presenters at the conference, whose paper was entitled International Trade and Women’s Work in Morocco: An analysis of the causes, consequences and reactions.

Her paper was registered under the EWB 2011 sub-theme of Economics: Harnessing Entrepreneurship and Business Opportunities for Positive Impact.
“I couldn’t be happier,” Jordyn said.

“I know that having presented this research at EWB and having met wonderful friends from Morocco who later helped me with establishing some contacts, who were interested in supporting my project in Morocco, was instrumental in this process,” she added.
Jordyn’s research paper sought to uncover the impact of international trade on women’s work in Morocco.

A summary is as follows:

The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) structural adjustment program (SAP) in Morocco changed the nature of women’s work. Privatization feminized textile manufacturing in Morocco. This change allowed women to obtain work in the informal sector. Women face adversity in Moroccan textile factories in order to support their families. While in the factories, women experience harsh working conditions. This serves as an impetus for women’s rights activism.

This paper examines the relationship between economics and women’s daily lives. The links between these two domains are rarely obvious and generally ignored by economists and policy makers.

This paper seeks to examine this relationship by analyzing the specific causes of women’s changing status in the workforce, the nature of their work, and the reactions to their work environments.

This paper analyzes the impact of Western economic trends on the social structures of Morocco, a predominantly Muslim country. The Moroccan textile workers’ ability to harness business opportunities for positive impact serves as an important case study in relation to other transitional economies in the Middle East and North Africa region’s efforts to embrace or reject Western economic trends.

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