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ERIC Number: ED460039
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
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Influences on Employment Discrimination in the Caribbean: The Case of the Marginalized Men and Wasted Women of Dominica.
Bastick, Tony
A study considered the global problem of employment discrimination as it is reenacted in the Caribbean. It takes Dominica as a micro-example of how factors of differential education and cultural expectation interact within the influences of changing global economic policies to disadvantage men and women across the spectrum of employment opportunities. What is important about the study is that it brings together the varied influences that construct the specific context to offer a wider perspective on how gender discrimination in employment can emerge in such a context. Using evidence from reports and statistical data, the study explored gender discrimination in employment in Dominica such as why males overwhelmingly fill the lowest status jobs, and the anomaly that Dominican females outperform males in Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) passes; yet, 4 years later, mainly males occupy the few highest status jobs. Sociocultural, legal, financial, educational, and biological evidence is considered. In particular, differential gender influences in the Dominican educational system are reported that may influence the continued underachievement of males at CXC. Government funded and nongovernmental organizations "school-to-work" initiatives are noted that could help to move successful females into high status occupations. The relevance of recent government policy statements, legal amendments, and financial measures are also considered and statistical findings on Dominican gender disparities in achievement and occupational standings are compared with similar findings for African-Americans. Evidence is also presented pointing to biases in previous reporting and evaluation of these regional and international gender issues. (Contains 5 figures, 14 tables, and 35 references.) (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Dominica