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‘Sun, Sand and Ceilings’ – TTG Feature

‘Sun, Sand and Ceilings’ – TTG Feature

We are delighted that TTG has featured Equality in Tourism’s new, updated report in their latest issue. ‘Sun, Sand and Ceilings’ explores current disparities in gender equality on company boards in a wide range of tourism and hospitality businesses. Our ‘Sun, Sand and Ceilings’ 2013 report found that the overall representations of women on travel and tourism company boards was just 15%. Our latest report found that the female representation at board level has increased to just 23%. Although this represents…

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The women of the Jequitinhonha Valley

The women of the Jequitinhonha Valley

A guest blog by Elisa Spampinato Fighting with art for their independence The Jequitinhonha Valley (in Minas Gerais, Brazil), once a prosperous region whose economy was driven by the gold mines, today is one of the poorest areas in Brazil. Poor only from an economic perspective – very rich in culture and humanity. The inhabitants of the valley are mainly women, known as “the widows with alive husbands”. In fact, due to lack of employment in the region, the men…

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Breaking New Ground

Breaking New Ground

It is important for us to acknowledge and celebrate individuals who break the often-established taboo of women working within the tourism industry, as well as the communities and countries that enable them to do so. Recently, we came across a heartening story in the Times of Oman. Since June this year, the government has noted an increase in the number of Omani women showing a keen interest in working within the industry and becoming tour guides. The role of a…

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Women in boardrooms – the new report

Women in boardrooms – the new report

The updated edit of our “Sea, Sand and Ceilings” report Worldwide, women represent more than half the labour force in the tourism industry – but how representative of this contribution is the distribution of senior roles in industry bodies and organisations? In 2013, we published “Sea, Sand and Ceilings” which aimed to assess the state of women in boardrooms of the industry – this included research into the leading representatives of the industry, namely hotels, tour operators, airlines, cruise liners…

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Trustee positions available – come join us

Trustee positions available – come join us

Big news! We are looking for two trustees to join our team – somebody with fundraising experience and another with accountancy skills. We need to now grow our team of dedicated advocates and supporters as we continue with our mission to ensure gender equality in tourism around the world. As a trustee, you will be responsible for ensuring Equality in Tourism stays true to its mission and vision, as well as to the key tenets of good governance. It’s an…

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Where are all the women chefs?

Where are all the women chefs?

Gender stereotypes are often used to explain horizontal and vertical segregation in the tourism and hospitality industries, but there is one area that demands we question this (at least to some extent): the kitchen. Did you know that women make up just around 20% of chefs in the UK? And yet one of the most prevalent stereotypes is surely that a woman’s place is in the kitchen! The statistics might be understood as an example of transcending gender stereotypes (men in…

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