Empowered Women, Moving Waters

Empowered Women, Moving Waters

A different perspective on empowerment in a tourism context — The following is a blog by Yeganeh Aghazamani, who graduated with a Ph.D. in Tourism Management from the Pennsylvania State University. For her doctoral dissertation Yeganeh conducted a field study in an Iranian tourism destination evaluating local women’s perceptions on empowerment. The below excerpt is taken from this dissertation, titled “Pathways to women’s empowerment in northern Iran” and her paper, titled “Women’s perceptions of empowerment in Ramsar: A tourism destination…

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Second Generation Leaders

Second Generation Leaders

by Anny Andaryati North Mollo’s Mutis Mountain is the source of four major Timorese rivers, with diverse ecosystems like bonsai forests, eucalyptus woodlands and horse-grazed meadows. Ecotourism is supporting the knowledge of Timorese traditions, indigenous spirituality, guardianship of natural resources, Timorese cuisine, and tenun (handwoven textiles). In 2013, Aleta Baun won the Goldman Environment Prize which recognizes her work protecting the land, water, and livelihood on Mutis Mountain on the island of Timor in Indonesia. She invested the award’s prize…

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Angelina Aspuac, a tribute to the struggle of Guatemalan weaving women

Angelina Aspuac, a tribute to the struggle of Guatemalan weaving women

By Marta Salvador, Alba Sud The characteristic that joins the women in this article, and many others to whom we raise our voices this March 8, is their ability to constantly fight. This perseverance perfectly defines our protagonist: Angelina Aspuac. Angelina was born in 1977 into a Kaqchikel family of farmers in southern Guatemala, a small-town Santiago Sacatepéquez. Most Mayan women in this area are dedicated to the art of weaving, more specifically the waist loom. In Guatemala, this practice…

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The Women of the Hidden Valley – A Culinary Experience

The Women of the Hidden Valley – A Culinary Experience

By Elisa Spampinato This is the story of the invisible traditional communities of Brazil, hidden in the Ribeira Valley. The story of brave women, empowered by their own culinary culture. In the Ribeira Valley, an area of more than ten million square miles, there are 88 Quilombolas communities, direct descendants of the former slaves taken from Africa in the 16th century to work in the fluvial gold rush. Until now, these communities have been continuing the rich agricultural and culinary tradition of…

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Marta’s Story – Challenging Stereotypes

Marta’s Story – Challenging Stereotypes

By Marta Muslin My name is Marta Muslin and I’m a 39-year-old single mother to a 13-year-old boy. I come from Manggarai, West Flores, East Nusa Tenggara. I work as a community project manager in Labuan Bajo where I’m very active in the community serving various roles: the legal division organizer for the Manggarai Raya Travel Association (ASITA), a member of the Komodo Dive Guide Association, coordinator of the Flores Homestay Network, and the coordinator of the Indonesian Waste Platform…

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