Unique Insights and Lively Discussions at the Symposium

Unique Insights and Lively Discussions at the Symposium

On Thursday, 13 September, around 40 academics, tour operators, charity workers, consultants and public sector workers joined us at Intrepid Group‘s Brixton offices to hear from four speakers and discuss gender equality in tourism. Stroma Cole presented her new book Gender Equality and Tourism: Beyond Empowerment, highlighting a selection of personal stories of women around the world and illustrating their experiences of working in tourism. CABI was on hand to answer questions on the book and sell copies to attendees….

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Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to Shine a Light on Albinism

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to Shine a Light on Albinism

Gavin Bate, owner of responsible tour operator Alternative Adventure, has grand plans for tourism on Mount Kilimanjaro. Not only has he launched Wanawake Tanzania, a programme for equitable employment of women guides and porters on the mountain. Gavin and a fellow mountaineering friend are in the final stages of organising a climb of Kilimanjaro with a difference, taking place next month. Scaling the iconic mountain will be a team of women with albinism, a condition used as an excuse for…

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An update from our #FarmForTheFuture project

An update from our #FarmForTheFuture project

Tricia Barnett recently visited Tanzania and met with the women participating in this groundbreaking project. Here, she shares her impressions and a general update on where things are. I am delighted to share with you the latest news from the path-breaking project that would not have been possible without the support of our generous donors. It’s now been a year since it started and I have just returned from our first evaluation. So much has happened for the women selected…

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Inside the book: María Isabel’s story

Inside the book: María Isabel’s story

In this excerpt from the new book Gender Equality and Tourism: Beyond Empowerment, we meet María Isabel from Ecuador. We found out about her story through our associate Carla Ricaurte Quijano, who is Associate Professor in Tourism at the Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL) in Guayaquil, the region María calls her home. Here’s her story. “I live in Puná, an island in the Gulf of Guayaquil, Ecuador. I’ve been working in tourism for 14 years now. When I first…

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Inside the book: Leila’s story

Inside the book: Leila’s story

In our ‘behind the scenes’ series celebrating the publication of Gender Equality and Tourism: Beyond Empowerment, we will be introducing some of the women who contributed their personal stories to the book. We start off with Leila Lamara, a tour guide from Morocco. It began with a family trip to Morcoco in 2017, where yours truly was lucky enough to be guided around that beautiful country by a formidable woman named… Leila. Speaking at least four languages fluently and knowing…

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Wanawake Tanzania – empowering women through tourism

Wanawake Tanzania – empowering women through tourism

Tanzania, as loyal friends and followers of EiT may have guessed by now, has a special place in our heart. This is why we are particularly pleased to be able to share the following story about an inspiring tourism-led initiative to empower women in this exceptional country. Adventure Alternative is, as the name may suggest, an alternative tour operator offering adventure holidays with a difference and an emphasis on its ethics of responsibility. Its current initiative aims to empower women…

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