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  • asked in Media 25th Apr '17:

    Through out history, the cost of attaining human freedom has proven to be at a high price, why so, in your opinion?.

    Jane Haile replied 1st May '17:

    In trying to reply to this question I'd like to put it in the context of women's rights and gender equality.
    Many people, both women and men, assume that women's greater freedom can only be attained at a cost to men. And in the short or even the long term there is an impact. Men may have to do more parenting, give up their monopoly of the most prestigious and best paying jobs, share important decisions. If freedom is considered a finite or limited good one person's freedom always appears to be at a cost to another's control of that person, and a shift in the balance of power between them. Both parties will have to see such change as having positive implications for them and for the wider society if the question posed is to lose any validity.
    A recent Guardian article has reflected on this question also in the context of women's equality
    ..though one could equally well examine it in the framework of colonialism,slavery, or the overthrow of any kind of class hierarchy.

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  • asked in Executive Management 9th Aug '15:

    Do you believe labor laws in the corporate world, are in favor of management or the employees?.

    Jane Haile replied 17th Aug '15:

    It is hard to generalize about such a vast topic! In any situation whichever side of the fence you are on there is a tendency to see the other side as getting a better deal . Employees need always to be totally informed as to what their rights are, and the mechanisms available to them to ensure that rights are implemented. The assumption that "labor laws ...are in favor of management" may not always be correct, but often management are better informed as to how the system works & can be made to work!

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  • Neetole Mitra

    Neetole Mitra replied 29th May '15:

    Whilst in many countries women and men have very similar educational attainments there are still very few women in decision-making positions in public or private sectors. Do you agree with the imposition of quotas and similar measures to achieve gender balance? Or do you think that is discriminatory and diminishes women?
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  • asked in Social Sciences 11th Dec '13:

    Ukrainian Women have started protesting their reputation and that of their country. Costa Rica's dark side, is dealing with consequences of child sex trade. Citizens of both countries are demanding Officials to do more to correct the negative image of their country, as a sex destination!. What can Governments do to correct stereotypes?

    Jane Haile replied 8th Jan '14:

    This is a very complicated question to which there is no easy answer and which requires a whole thesis. I will take a shot anyway & provide some pointers for further reading.

    If a country has an image of having a flourishing sex trade there is usually a factual basis. I have spent many years of my life in Bangkok so I will draw on examples from there. A flourishing sex work sector reflects both poverty and social and economic disparities. There may be additional factors as in Thailand where the influx of large numbers of American troops on R & R during the Vietnam war boosted the already flourishing business.

    Whether sex work is stigmatized depends on a large number of things like expectations of monogamous marital unions; and the influence of religious and other cultural values. Thailand is unusual in the relative lack of stigma and the mobility of workers in and out of the sex industry. It has to be noted that prostitution is illegal in Thailand so the police force have a nice line in protection payments! What is interesting recently is that as the Thai economy has been booming fewer of the sex-workers are Thai and a larger proportion come from neighbouring poorer countries. I notice also that official promotion of Thailand now stresses that Thailand is ‘the kitchen of the world’ – a reference to its amazing cuisine- rather than focussing on its extensive night-life.

    The question as to what is the proper way for a government to address a flourishing sex sector is one preoccupying all of Europe  right now. Should countries adopt the Swedish model which criminalizes the buyer of sex but not the seller; or the Dutch model which treats purchase of sex as just another commercial encounter & provides legal protection for the sex-workers & through training offers other avenues of income generation.

    I hope I have provided a partial answer and would invite you to my blog at and my Facebook page (14 December 2013) for more discussion.

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  • Wafa A AlKhadra

    Wafa A AlKhadra replied 12th Jun '13:

    Some European feminist groups regard prostitution as a form of violence against women and aim to abolish it worldwide. Does the abolition of prostitution globally appear to you a realistic goal and in line with historic or common sense.
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