SASANE – Experiences, success and struggles

SASANE – Experiences, success and struggles

By Shyam Pokharel Samrakshak Samuha Nepal (SASANE) is a survivor-led organization that was established in 2008 under the founding principle that women survivors of human trafficking have immense potential to combat the exploitation of Nepalese women and girls and to create social change. Founded in Kathmandu and later expanding to Pokhara and ten mountain villages, the organization is based on four key and interrelated programmes: Paralegal, Sisterhood of Survivors (SOS), School Awareness, and Community Outreach. These programmes were created through…

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Tusha’s Story – How I Overcame My Fears

Tusha’s Story – How I Overcame My Fears

By Angela Hadjipateras Born in Supinho, a small rural village in the Zambezia province of North Central Mozambique, Tusha was one of 5 children. Her father abandoned the family when she was just 3 months old and her mother single-handedly supported her children through school. Like most in the village, Tusha did not complete her secondary school education and got by on the unstable and meagre income raised from selling surplus produce, mostly rice and sweet potatoes, grown on the…

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Evelyn’s Story – Adventure Alternative

Evelyn’s Story – Adventure Alternative

By Evelyn Muronji Walluckano My name is Evelyn Muronji Walluckano. I’ve been working in the tourism industry for nine years, after pursuing two diplomas—in food production and in tour guiding and administration. When I enrolled in college, the ratio of men to women was 4:1 in the same course but looking at the number of women doing tour guiding now, it is almost zero. In Kenya, there are less than 10 female tour guides. This is due to the old…

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Women Who Inspire Me

Women Who Inspire Me

By Hamira Zamani-Farahani As I reflect on my life as we approach International Women’s Day, there are three women that come to mind. These women have impacted my career and personal life immensely and so it feels opportune to share how they’ve encouraged and motivated me through the years. The first is Dr. Lee Jolliffe from Canada, who I met in 2007 at the International Conference on Heritage & Tourism in Guangzhou, China. At the time, I was a doctoral…

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International Women’s Day 2020

International Women’s Day 2020

The important time of the year has come around again when all eyes are focused on the issue of equality for women – it’s International Women’s Day! This year’s theme is ‘I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights’ and here at Equality in Tourism we are once again celebrating by highlighting success stories from women in the tourism industry. We will be sharing one story every day for a week, and hope to draw attention to the many incredible initiatives…

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Raising Funds to Combat Climate Change

Raising Funds to Combat Climate Change

Our #FarmForTheFuture project continues to grow. 120 women are now trained in new methods of farming, business processes and entrepreneurship, but – importantly – also their legal rights and women’s empowerment. Sixty farmers from two villages have created a cooperative, Wamboma: Women Farming for the Future, while another group of sixty women have been trained and are working independently. Read our latest account of our November visit to the region here. Yet climate change is having a serious impact on…

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