2007, Tue, Sep 25

Global Social and Gender Responsibility

Mariama Williams, Dr. Christian Ramthun

What alternatives are there in the international trading system that could bring about fairer basic conditions for globalisation's losers as well as ensure the sustainable use of resources? Jamaican-American macroeconomist Mariama Williams examines the imbalance in the global rules of play from the unusual perspective of gender relations. As adjunct associate for the International Gender and Trade Network and director of the Institute for Law and Economics in Kingston, Jamaica, Mariama Williams is a renowned consultant to governments and NGOs.

Moderated by: Claudia von Braunmuehl (Political Scientist, Berlin)

Mariama Williams is an international economics consultant and an Adjunct Associate at the Center of Concern, Washington, D.C.

She is also the Research Adviser for the International Gender and Trade Network.

Williams is a member of Development Alternative with Women for a New Era (DAWN) and Member of the Board of the Association for Women's Rights and Development (AWID) and a Director of the Institute for Law and Economics (Kingston, Jamaica).

Williams has been an assistant professor in the Social Sciences Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York and the Coordinator of the Jamaica Human Development Report, the United Nations Development Program and the Government of Jamaica. She was also a member of the International Advisory Committee of the "Progress of the World's Women" - A Biennial Report, the United Nations Fund for Women (UNIFEM). More recently Williams has been a resource person to a number of governmental and inter-governmental forums. Williams is a consultant on gender and trade to the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, and a member of the Gender, Globalization, and Democratization Scientific Research Committee of the International Social Science council and the International Working Group on Engendering Macroeconomics and International Trade.

Dr. Christian Ramthun has been working as an author and parliamentary correspondent for the WirtschaftsWoche since 1997. Before he was an editorial journalist at the weekly Rheinischer Merkur and the Agra-Europe Press and Information Services. Christian Ramthun is a recipient of Ludwig Erhard Award and Friedrich Vogel Award for economic journalism. He is also one of the initiators of the initiative “Freedom and Responsibility” that promotes corporate citizenship in Germany.

The Transatlantic Dialogues are put on jointly by the House of World Cultures, the Federal Agency for Civic Education, and the American Academy in Berlin.