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Kellys Confederadas – mobilising for the rights of hotel cleaners

Kellys Confederadas – mobilising for the rights of hotel cleaners

The ‘Kellys Confederadas’ movement started in the summer of 2014. Having read an article about hotel cleaners, friends Eulalia (Lali) and Ana contacted the journalist who’d written the piece, Ernest Cañada, and offered to share their own experiences as cleaners. Ernest was keen to hear more, so for the first interview they brought together 20 women, all cleaners from the Lloret de Mar region. They proceeded to share their stories, talking about the working conditions they’d experienced across properties of…

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Focus on women – a new way to travel

Focus on women – a new way to travel

Alice Fauveau is the founder of ‘Focus on Women’, a travel agency created in 2009 in order to empower and increase the visibility of women around the world through travel. A passionate traveller, Alice saw the need to create a new kind of tourism, one that was focused on the global culture of womankind. At the agency, the focus is on trips which allow travellers to meet the valuable women who make destinations so unique and great. Through cultural immersion…

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Celebrating women in tourism for IWD 2018

Celebrating women in tourism for IWD 2018

It’s that time of year again – today is International Women’s Day! Sometimes it feels bittersweet to need a day to ‘officially’ celebrate who and what we are – when, really, we should be celebrating every day of the year. But this year it feels different. This year, with over 12 months of practical action and social movement behind us, it feels like this day is finally what it should be – what it could be. A culmination of everyday…

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Meet the women farming for their future

Meet the women farming for their future

Elizabeth Ludovic is one of the #FarmForTheFuture project participants. After consulting with local hotels about their required produce, Elizabeth chose to grow tomatoes and beetroots – and now has the seeds to plant them! Prior to joining the project, she couldn’t afford to buy the necessary pesticide and had such low tomato yields that she stopped growing tomatoes altogether. After receiving agricultural training from SEVIA and learning new farming techniques, Elizabeth gave tomatoes another go – and she couldn’t be…

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#FarmForTheFuture project update

#FarmForTheFuture project update

Our #FarmForTheFuture project has been progressing in great strides. We and our partners on the ground in Tanzania are incredibly excited about everyone’s achievements! Read on for an overview of what we’ve been up to. Business training The project kicked off with six consecutive days of all-day training for 30 women. We were excited to be able to partner with the UN Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on this. Rights awareness and empowerment Our local women’s empowerment partner KWIECO…

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Heather Jeffrey

Heather Jeffrey

The newest associate to join our network is Heather Jeffrey, who moved to Dubai as adjunct faculty at Middlesex University after completing her PhD in 2017. Heather’s doctoral studies have focussed on the influence of tourism on Tunisian women, but she has also researched work life balance and maternity protection in Malaysia. In 2016, Heather travelled to the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba in Argentina as part of the International Network for Comparative Analysis of Social Inequalities commissioned by the European…

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