English Edition Is it a good idea when Southeast Asian women marry foreign men? Does cross-border marriage represent citizens exercising a fundamental right? Or, since many of these marriages involve forms of brokering, are they, as many critics contend, a form of human trafficking? Does cross-border marriage represent citizens exercising a fundamental right recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? Marriages between women from less wealthy regions to men of affluent nations emerged as an aspect of the significant growth in global migration since the s, with possibilities for mass travel on wide-bodied jets and the associated phenomenon of global mass tourism.
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Traditional roles[ edit ] Due to the patriarchal nature of traditional Armenian culture and society,  women in Armenia are often expected to be virtuous and submissive, to safeguard their virginity until marriage, and assume primarily domestic tasks. Moreover, their garments were both elaborate and colorful. Rather than being marked by gender, clothing styles were distinguished by class and status.
Theresa Devasahayam's editorial introduction also deftly highlights the key paradoxes in a region which has long been famed for arenas in which women enjoy considerable power and autonomy for example, in their engagement in remunerated activity and in domestic budgeting , but in the socio-cultural and institutional domains of family and community, and in law, are bound by some serious strictures. Devasahayam is also careful to highlight the cross-cutting influences of class and country on women" Asian Affairs. About the Publication As a region, Southeast Asia has undergone enormous economic and social changes in the last few decades. Women as a collective have seen their lives transformed as a result of rapid development and economic growth.
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The Philippines ranks ninth in the world for gender equity where women are given the opportunity to participate in politics, to have multiple seats on company boards and so on. However, the lack of gender diversification in the workplace is still immensely visible in local and international companies alike throughout the region. This gap persists despite economic growth, decreasing fertility rates, and increasing education.
Despite great linguistic and cultural diversity, the region is characterized by the relatively favorable position of women in comparison with neighboring East or South Asia. Over time, however, the rise of centralized states and the spread of imported philosophies and religions Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity increasingly privileged males and stressed female subordination. Although such influences were most noticeable among the elite, the strength of local traditions was always a moderating force. By the s the entire region except for Siam Thailand was under European control.