Why Equality in Tourism will be celebrating “20 Academic Books by Women that Changed tourism” between the 23rd and the 28th of April 2018

Why Equality in Tourism will be celebrating “20 Academic Books by Women that Changed tourism” between the 23rd and the 28th of April 2018

Previous EiT volunteer Marta Mills recently published an excellent analysis of #manels (all male panels or almost all male panels) at the ITB in Berlin, where many of the speakers were recycled from 2017. Shortly after it was brought to our attention that WTM in Latin America’s Opening Ceremony was again almost completely male. Tourism is not the only area dominated by male speakers and after a quick look at the website http://allmalepanels.tumblr.com/, I would forgive you for thinking that…

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The Disappointing Gender Pay Gap in the UK Tourism Industry

The Disappointing Gender Pay Gap in the UK Tourism Industry

In 2016 the UK had one of the highest gender pay gaps in Europe, the gender pay gap does not symbolize a difference in pay for the same work, but the difference in pay for all roles. Since then, reporting on the gender pay gap for large companies has become mandatory. The data is now freely available online at https://gender-pay-gap.service.gov.uk/, but over 1,500 companies missed the deadline on 4th April. Thus far the data of those that did submit on…

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Sit at the Table for Women’s Empowerment

Sit at the Table for Women’s Empowerment

On February 21st, our associate Dr Heather Jeffrey joined Evolvin’ Women to sit at the table and discuss “Empowering women through education” to explore ways to encourage female students to enter non-traditional professions such as the culinary arts. Let’s sit at the table is a series of 7 roundtables launched in partnership with The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel in September 2017. The aim of the series is to understand more about best practice when it comes to attaining…

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Berhan Teklay Teka’s story – guiding tourists in Ethiopia

Berhan Teklay Teka’s story – guiding tourists in Ethiopia

The below is a contribution by Ethiopian tour guide Berhan Teklay Teka – she’s passionate about showing visitors the sights of her country and one of the few women to be able to do so in a profession that is still predominantly male. My name is Berhan Teklay Teka. I was born in 1989 in a small village called Geralta (Hawzen), Tigray, Ethiopia. I grew up in Geralta and at the age of 7 I left for a city called…

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Evolvin’ Women: A Social Enterprise with a Focus on Hospitality

Evolvin’ Women: A Social Enterprise with a Focus on Hospitality

Assia Riccio is the founder of the Evolvin’ Women, an idea that occurred to her in 2011 when after winning the prestigious Olive Barnet award she could take up courses at Cornell. It was at Cornell that she met Wilma, a Ghanaian who asked why she was there – Assia was one of the youngest – and at that moment she felt incredibly grateful for the opportunity. She believed she benefitted from the course and wanted to allow others to…

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Posadas in Paraguay – turning homes into homestays

Posadas in Paraguay – turning homes into homestays

This effort in Paraguay felt like a perfect fit for our International Women’s Day focus series. A public-private partnership between household goods company Inverfin and SENATUR, the Paraguayan tourism department, has provided investment to women who wish to turn their private homes into ‘posadas’ – tourist lodges. The program has been a huge success, with over 200 such accommodation businesses now found in more than 60 locations around the country, and 90% of them being run by women. But how…

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