Examine the Argument That Development Should Be About Reducing 'Unfreedoms' Rather Than Promoting Economic Development. Essay

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In this essay the term ‘Development’ is defined by the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English as the ‘stage of advancement’ to our ‘Majority world’- those countries with the most people who are living in poverty stricken conditions. In order to improve development we must address ‘Unfreedoms’ the conditions in which oppose The Universal Declaration of Human Rights which encompass gender inequality, isolation of communities, lack of choices and participation, slave labour and inadequate access to education, health care to prevent and reduce disease, good quality of food, water, shelter and a life not riddled with war, crime and corruption. Rather than focusing on ‘Economic Development’ (the theories of modernization and grass root development) of countries and communities this paper will discuss how by focusing on unfreedoms particularly that of changing gender imbalances in education and employment economic development and overall quality of life will sure to be improved for everyone. The World Bank Organisation (2003) would argue that gender inequality, poverty and economic growth interlink and with only half of the population (predominately males) being educated it would be a smart investment to get the other half (predominately females) to the same level. Education would help women to recognise their worth and minimise any injustices that has been placed on them today and in the future. Despite many countries agreeing to improve and change the education of women and girls, in many countries this has not been put into practise and many are still not allowed to attend school or may need the consent of a husband or father which is not always given (Momsen, 2010). Lack of education for women intern means they often feel worthless and are vulnerable to controlling and abusive men, treated as slaves either in labour or sex and are unable to get paid work or are

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