Maud Masiyiwa – training and development advisor

Maud Masiyiwa – training and development advisor

Maud was raised in Zambia, the child of Zimbabweans who had left their native country to seek opportunities elsewhere. The family’s children were all raised to be entrepreneurial and hard-working, qualities to which Maud attributes a lot of her success. After returning to Zimbabwe in the 1980’s, Maud started to work odd jobs at a young age, ensuring income for herself and the family, and finally earning herself a scholarship to study in Kenya. Upon her return, and after several…

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Sari – scuba diving guide in Indonesia

Sari – scuba diving guide in Indonesia

The youngest of four children from a remote village on the island of Rinca, Indonesia, Sari always thought she would be a police officer. During middle school, she saw how tourism was growing in the nearest town and around her island and decided on a tour and travel course at the vocational high school. During her 3-month work experience at Wicked Dive, she went out on the dive boats to practise her English. When she saw how excited guests were…

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Evelyn’s story – tour guiding as a woman in Kenya

Evelyn’s story – tour guiding as a woman in Kenya

Evelyn is a tour guide in Kenya, a rare job for a woman in a country that despite years of progress continues to pay little more than lip service to gender equality and equal opportunities in the work place. In fact, Evelyn puts it quite bluntly when she says, “Looking at the tourist industry in Kenya, women are treated as second class to their male counterparts, despite having apt skills and knowledge, often more than [said] counterparts. They face prejudice…

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Neusa Goncales – owner of first woman-led tour operator in Cape Verde

Neusa Goncales – owner of first woman-led tour operator in Cape Verde

Neusa was born on Sal island in Cape Verde and spent her younger years working in a variety of roles both inside and outside the tourism industry. A career which even includes a stint as a football player in the Madaira national team is exemplary of the many roles women take on to progress in their professional and personal lives. After her attempt to run a supermarket was cut short by the global economic crisis, Neusa returned to tourism as…

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Priscilla’s story – from waitress to manager

Priscilla’s story – from waitress to manager

Born in the Kilimanjaro district in 1976, Priscilla grew up in a rural household which placed great importance on education and progression. With encouragement from her cousin and mother, Priscilla took the daunting step of moving away from her village and starting a job as a waitress in the late ’90’s. Over the next years, Priscilla learned on the job and took additional courses to expand her skill set. After 15 years of customer service, she was offered the role…

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International Women’s Day 2017: a celebratory collection of stories

International Women’s Day 2017: a celebratory collection of stories

At Equality in Tourism we live for those precious moments of proof – proof that tourism can be an immense enabler, proof that women can achieve the ‘unachievable’, proof that our work brings results. And every time we meet another amazing woman with a story to tell we realise that there is still so much to be done. These women are inspiring – but that goes without saying. In honour of International Women’s Day, over the next week we’ll be…

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