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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Partner Blog: What can women do in the face of the COVID tourism crisis?

Partner Blog: What can women do in the face of the COVID tourism crisis?

We’re sharing a recent blog from our friends at Gender Responsible Tourism (GRT). Iaia Pedemonte, Founder of the Gender Responsible Tourism Network (GRT) and author of a Guide for Free Women Travellers, spoke to four experts on ways of coping with the crisis. The latest GRT newsletter details some of the strategies they put forward and outlines additional tips and advice gleaned from webinars, articles and other sources consulted. Update your skills and re-balance gender roles at home: Paola Profeta,…

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Hospitality industry putting empty beds to good use during COVID crisis

Hospitality industry putting empty beds to good use during COVID crisis

Hotels in several countries have been called upon – and are stepping up – to provide refuge for women escaping violence. Lockdown measures confining vulnerable women and children in their homes with violent partners have led to a dramatic rise in reports of domestic violence across the world. In Hubei Province, where the virus first emerged, cases tripled in the space of one month. In France, there has been a 36% increases in cases reported to the police. Similar trends…

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