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Author: Sarah Junker

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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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“Beyond the Rings” – a shortfilm about the Kayan women

“Beyond the Rings” – a shortfilm about the Kayan women

A while back we were approached by filmmaker Marko Randelovic, who shared with us his film Beyond The Rings, which takes viewers on a journey to meet the Kayan women, also known as “the long necked women”. It’s a beautifully shot film which approaches its subjects with sensitivity and is narrated by one of the local Kayan women. For us here at Equality in Tourism, the film raised many questions – which we will elaborate on below – but ultimately,…

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TripaSista – a travel directory for women

TripaSista – a travel directory for women

This post is a contribution by Kim Burgess, co-founder of TripaSista, an Australian travel directory dedicated to catering for women travelers. Growing up on the east coast of Australia during the 1970’s and 80’s was idyllic and beautiful albeit quiet and isolated – and very “white”. The only way to experience life beyond the mind-numbing conformity was to travel overseas (or “O.S” – as it was known). If you had been “O.S”, then you had really experienced life – and…

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Maram Kokani, first female General Manager in Saudi Arabia

Maram Kokani, first female General Manager in Saudi Arabia

The below was reproduced with permission from Inge Huijbrechts, Global Vice President Responsible Business for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. In it, Maram Kokani tells of her professional life as the first female General Manager in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Worldwide Hospitality Award winner 2017. I have been very fortunate that my career in hospitality has been one where my professional achievements have not only given me great personal satisfaction but in many ways they have also had a…

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