COVID-19: WOMEN IN TOURISM RISING TO THE CHALLENGE

COVID-19: WOMEN IN TOURISM RISING TO THE CHALLENGE

Globally women with their own businesses, dependent on tourism, are showing their resilience and adapting as far as they possibly can to the lack of a market. They have to move quickly and with determination. Otherwise all is lost and they as women with dependants, can not afford the luxury of waiting for business to resume as normal. We are already hearing of the demise of women who have lost their jobs in the formal sector or women in communities…

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Using COVID-19 as an opportunity for sustainability – an inspirational story from Mozambique

Using COVID-19 as an opportunity for sustainability – an inspirational story from Mozambique

In this story from Mozambique, we see a strong example of female resilience in the face of COVID-19. While businesses, like Dzimene, whose main clients are hotels and the tourist industry, are facing collapse, there are ways of turning the situation around in transformative ways. Eulalia Muandula, a young wife and mother trained in agronomy, is one of the founding members of Dzimene Agribusiness, a small company distributing locally produced fruit and vegetables within the Mozambican market. A key strategy…

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STATEMENT FROM EQUALITY IN TOURISM IN THE LIGHT OF THE MURDER OF GEORGE FLOYD

STATEMENT FROM EQUALITY IN TOURISM IN THE LIGHT OF THE MURDER OF GEORGE FLOYD

The murder of George Floyd that millions have witnessed in the US and globally, the continuing shame of Windrush, and the ill managed cases of police brutality against black people in the UK have raised consciousness of inequality and racism that Equality in Tourism is in solidarity with. Just as racism is ingrained in society, so is gender inequality under the yoke of patriarchy, and so is class. Under the banner of disability, we can also include in this list…

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COVID-19 in India: an opportunity for women?

COVID-19 in India: an opportunity for women?

Is the disruption caused by the pandemic an opportunity for building new and better models of employment for women in tourism? In a recent article, Equations, a research, policy and advocacy organisation working on tourism and development issues in India, analyses the problems currently faced by women working in India’s tourism sector and suggests ways in which these could be overcome through the adoption of a more gendered lens. We share a summary below. Throughout India, women’s work tends to…

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The Australian hospitality response to the COVID-19 crisis

The Australian hospitality response to the COVID-19 crisis

Further inspirational examples of the hospitality response to the COVID-19 crisis. In late April, Equality in Tourism reported on the positive ways in which the hard-hit hospitality industry has stepped in to provide beds for those in need. In this article, our Associate Professor Shirley Randell shares information on similar initiatives in Australia. In Australia, many hotels had moved from 80 per cent occupancy rates to ‘single digit occupancies’ as a result of travel bans and other lockdown measures that…

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Why Gender Should Be at the Heart of COVID Recovery

Why Gender Should Be at the Heart of COVID Recovery

Why gender should be at the forefront of the Travel Foundation’s call to put communities at the centre of recovery from COVID-19. EiT Trustee Angela Kalisch expands on a recent op-ed piece by Jeremy Sampson of The Travel Foundation, elaborating on the organisation’s intention to firmly place communities at the heart of the recovery process from COVID-19. The tourism industry has been catapulted into a global emergency by COVID-19. After decades of stable growth, only temporarily interrupted by incidents of…

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