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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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You’re Invited: Join us at our Symposium

You’re Invited: Join us at our Symposium

Join us on Thursday, 13th September to meet our expert panel and take part in a lively discussion on gender and tourism. It’s a great opportunity to hear from an impressive range of academic and industry experts, and to participate in an important debate on the future of women’s rights and empowerment in the tourism industry. To launch Stroma Cole’s edited collection, Gender Equality and Tourism: Beyond Empowerment, this symposium will debate the ways forward to increase gender equality in…

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Inside Look: more from ‘Gender Equality and Tourism’

Inside Look: more from ‘Gender Equality and Tourism’

The oft-repeated rhetoric by the UNWTO and other multinational organisations is that tourism empowers women. But is this claim actually true? Edited by our director Stroma Cole, the newly released book “Gender Equality and Tourism – Beyond Empowerment” brings together the perspectives of diverse stakeholders, from INGOs, national governments, and managers as well as employees in a variety of tourism fields. The powerful stories of women working in tourism further illustrate how, despite prejudice and stereotypes, they break free, resist…

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Join our team

Join our team

We’re always looking for passionate, dedicated individuals to join our work for gender equality in tourism. If you’ve been thinking of volunteering your valuable time to a good cause, we might have just the thing for you – we are looking for a trustee with fundraising experience. It’s a fullfilling role which will see you advising our growing organisation on fundraising matters and leading the charge in setting up campaigns to enable our work to reach farther. We are also…

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Berhan Teklay Teka’s story – guiding tourists in Ethiopia

Berhan Teklay Teka’s story – guiding tourists in Ethiopia

The below is a contribution by Ethiopian tour guide Berhan Teklay Teka – she’s passionate about showing visitors the sights of her country and one of the few women to be able to do so in a profession that is still predominantly male. My name is Berhan Teklay Teka. I was born in 1989 in a small village called Geralta (Hawzen), Tigray, Ethiopia. I grew up in Geralta and at the age of 7 I left for a city called…

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Posadas in Paraguay – turning homes into homestays

Posadas in Paraguay – turning homes into homestays

This effort in Paraguay felt like a perfect fit for our International Women’s Day focus series. A public-private partnership between household goods company Inverfin and SENATUR, the Paraguayan tourism department, has provided investment to women who wish to turn their private homes into ‘posadas’ – tourist lodges. The program has been a huge success, with over 200 such accommodation businesses now found in more than 60 locations around the country, and 90% of them being run by women. But how…

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