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Equality in Tourism responds to UNWTO Discussion Paper on International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017

Equality in Tourism responds to UNWTO Discussion Paper on International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017

The UN World Tourism Organisation recently released a Discussion Paper on the occasion of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, asking for comments from a range of key stakeholders in the field. Equality in Tourism submitted a detailed response, analysing the approach to gender issues taken in the paper and providing recommendations for improvement in this area. We commend the inclusion of SDG5 as a key theme in the Discussion Paper, but have a number of concerns…

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Presentation on gender and tourism homestays at European Conference on Politics and Gender

Presentation on gender and tourism homestays at European Conference on Politics and Gender

Director Lucy Ferguson and Associate Sarah Becklake presented a paper at the European Conference on Politics and Gender on tourism homestays. The conference was held at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, 8-10th June 2017. The paper – entitled “Mothering tourists: a feminist political economy of tourism homestays in Guatemala” – explores the gendered social reproductive labour that is involved in homestays. The paper draws upon five months of ethnographic field research conducted by Sarah Becklake in the small city of…

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Welcome to our new Associate Maud Kumbirayi Masiyiwa

Welcome to our new Associate Maud Kumbirayi Masiyiwa

Maud’s mission is to encourage uplifting women in Africa to key decision-making positions, transparent ownership within the tourism industry, and handing the baton over to the younger female entrants. She has widespread training and development experience with a focus on Small Micro and Medium Enterprise(SMME) development: read more here. Maud, who is Zimbabwean, grew up in Zambia and cut her entrepreneurial teeth from a fairly young age by managing some of her parents’ successful business ventures. After returning to Zimbabwe…

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Maud Kumbirayi Masiyiwa

Maud Kumbirayi Masiyiwa

Maud’s mission is to encourage uplifting women in Africa to key decision-making positions, transparent ownership within the tourism industry, and handing the baton over to the younger female entrants. She has widespread training and development experience with a focus on Small Micro and Medium Enterprise(SMME) development: read more here. Maud has worked on AgriTourism projects, Women and Youth Empowerment Initiatives, National Tourism Clustering Market Plans, Community Based Tourism initiatives, and Local Tourism Development Strategy plans to name but a few….

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Our Associate Shirley Randell speaks at UN HQ on Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work

Our Associate Shirley Randell speaks at UN HQ on Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work

Our Associate Shirley Randell was one of four speakers at the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations headquarters (CSW 61) in New York. The theme of this year’s gathering was Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work. CSW was established in 1946 with a mandate to promote women’s rights in the political, economic, civil, social and educational fields. It is also tasked with monitoring, reviewing and appraising progress achieved in the…

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Marina Novelli on Travel and Tourism in the Age of Sustainability

Marina Novelli on Travel and Tourism in the Age of Sustainability

Congratulations to our Associate Marina Novelli on her recent inaugural lecture at the University of Brighton on ‘Travel and Tourism in the Age of Sustainability’. Marina was recently appointed Professor of Tourism and International Development and her lecture highlighted the many practical projects on which she has worked and advised in her career so far. One such example was Basecamp Maasai Mara in Kenya, which – against all cultural barriers – was the first to have a woman as the…

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