COVID-19: WOMEN IN TOURISM RISING TO THE CHALLENGE

COVID-19: WOMEN IN TOURISM RISING TO THE CHALLENGE

Globally women with their own businesses, dependent on tourism, are showing their resilience and adapting as far as they possibly can to the lack of a market. They have to move quickly and with determination. Otherwise all is lost and they as women with dependants, can not afford the luxury of waiting for business to resume as normal. We are already hearing of the demise of women who have lost their jobs in the formal sector or women in communities…

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Equality in Tourism Webinar: Prioritising Gender Equality in post-COVID Tourism

Equality in Tourism Webinar: Prioritising Gender Equality in post-COVID Tourism

Equality in Tourism’s webinar on the 18th June, 2020, was one of the first to take a global look at the gender-differentiated impact of COVID-19 on those working in the tourism sector, and to examine strategies for strengthening gender equality as we emerge from the COVID induced crisis. The key objectives of the webinar were to explore the ways in which this might happen and how the pandemic might provide an opportunity to rebuild global tourism in a more sustainable, resilient…

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A global overview of the impact of Covid-19 on women in tourism

A global overview of the impact of Covid-19 on women in tourism

Dr. Stroma Cole, one of Equality in Tourism’s Directors, shares a brief global overview of the impact of Covid-19 on women in the tourism industry and the need for a gender equal approach in the recovery phase. Covid-19 has had an unprecedented impact on tourism with the UNWTO anticipating a 60-80% decline in international tourism. The crisis has laid bare structural inequalities in particular gender, race and age within and between societies, it has also revealed the vulnerability of destinations…

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Using COVID-19 as an opportunity for sustainability – an inspirational story from Mozambique

Using COVID-19 as an opportunity for sustainability – an inspirational story from Mozambique

In this story from Mozambique, we see a strong example of female resilience in the face of COVID-19. While businesses, like Dzimene, whose main clients are hotels and the tourist industry, are facing collapse, there are ways of turning the situation around in transformative ways. Eulalia Muandula, a young wife and mother trained in agronomy, is one of the founding members of Dzimene Agribusiness, a small company distributing locally produced fruit and vegetables within the Mozambican market. A key strategy…

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STATEMENT FROM EQUALITY IN TOURISM IN THE LIGHT OF THE MURDER OF GEORGE FLOYD

STATEMENT FROM EQUALITY IN TOURISM IN THE LIGHT OF THE MURDER OF GEORGE FLOYD

The murder of George Floyd that millions have witnessed in the US and globally, the continuing shame of Windrush, and the ill managed cases of police brutality against black people in the UK have raised consciousness of inequality and racism that Equality in Tourism is in solidarity with. Just as racism is ingrained in society, so is gender inequality under the yoke of patriarchy, and so is class. Under the banner of disability, we can also include in this list…

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COVID-19 in India: an opportunity for women?

COVID-19 in India: an opportunity for women?

Is the disruption caused by the pandemic an opportunity for building new and better models of employment for women in tourism? In a recent article, Equations, a research, policy and advocacy organisation working on tourism and development issues in India, analyses the problems currently faced by women working in India’s tourism sector and suggests ways in which these could be overcome through the adoption of a more gendered lens. We share a summary below. Throughout India, women’s work tends to…

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