Presentation on gender and tourism homestays at European Conference on Politics and Gender

Director Lucy Ferguson and Associate Sarah Becklake presented a paper at the European Conference on Politics and Gender on tourism homestays. The conference was held at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, 8-10th June 2017. The paper – entitled “Mothering tourists: a feminist political economy of tourism homestays in Guatemala” – explores the gendered social reproductive […]

Welcome to our new Associate Maud Kumbirayi Masiyiwa

Maud’s mission is to encourage uplifting women in Africa to key decision-making positions, transparent ownership within the tourism industry, and handing the baton over to the younger female entrants. She has widespread training and development experience with a focus on Small Micro and Medium Enterprise(SMME) development: read more here. Maud, who is Zimbabwean, grew up […]

Marina Novelli on Travel and Tourism in the Age of Sustainability

Congratulations to our Associate Marina Novelli on her recent inaugural lecture at the University of Brighton on ‘Travel and Tourism in the Age of Sustainability’. Marina was recently appointed Professor of Tourism and International Development and her lecture highlighted the many practical projects on which she has worked and advised in her career so far. […]

Hazel Tucker is our latest Associate

  We’re delighted to welcome Hazel Tucker to our global network of Associates. Hazel is Associate Professor in Tourism at the University of Otago, New Zealand, where she specialises in tourism’s influences on socio-cultural relationships and change. This has recently included research in Cappadicia, central Turkey, exploring issues concerning gender and women’s involvement in tourism […]

The Berlin Declaration on “Transforming Tourism”

Our Associate Rebecca Armstrong recently represented Equality in Tourism as one of over 30 civil society organisations involved in producing the Berlin Declaration on “Transforming Tourism” presented at ITB Berlin. Meeting in the UNWTO International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and against the background of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, the […]

Misi – tourism projects driven by local women

Misi, a small Turkish village about a two hours’ drive south of Istanbul, was losing much of its local population, heritage and future due to a variety of factors common to modern times. The traditional sericulture and silk making activities which made their village prosperous during the Ottoman era came to an end with globalization […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]