The Truth Behind the Tweets: Tourism Companies, International Women’s Day and Purple-Washing

How tourism companies and organisations celebrated International Women’s Day through purple-washing their claims of gender equality This International Women’s Day (IWD), the world of business came together as it does every year, to celebrate women’s achievements and raise awareness for gender equality across sectors. However, just like any internationally recognised day for the celebration of […]

Subverting anger, gender-based violence and the Lonely Planet

The constant discussions among women about how they can keep themselves safe have been amplified in response to the murder of Sarah Everard. For many these discussions, where the victim or potential victim assumes total responsibility for the risks they face, feels normal and right. Not for Baroness Jones, who instead suggested a curfew be […]

International Women’s Day – One Week On

“In response to International Women’s Day 2021, we are striking the #ChooseToChallenge pose with our hands high to show our commitment to choosing to challenge the status quo as women in the travel and tourism industry, the inequality and gender bias, question stereotypes, and help forge an inclusive world.” Here we are, one week on […]

Stories from the Mountains: Emmy K

Emmy calls Sanya Juu Village in West Kilimanjaro region her home. She is 34 years old, and the fourth of 8 children. Presently, she lives with her mother and a younger sibling.  “Growing up, there was always trouble in the family, as far back as I can remember.  My alcoholic father contributed nothing to family […]

Tourism and Equality in a Post Covid-19 World.

At the end of last year, Chair and Trustee Dr Angela Kalisch gave a guest lecture to the Amity Institute of Travel and Tourism in Kolkata on ‘Tourism and Equality in a Post-Covid 19 World’ and the Role of Tourism Practitioners. Kalisch begins by outlining the vision of Equality in Tourism. She states the organisation’s […]

Tourism, Human Rights, and Gender Equality.

Recently, Director Dr Stroma Cole was commissioned to co-author a chapter on Tourism by The Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy, a human rights organisation, in Indonesia. This is a shortened English version of the paper written by Yesaya Sandang, Anni Andaryati and Stroma Cole. The global tourism industry has social, economic, cultural, ecological, psychological and […]

Becoming a Feminist Tourism Tesearcher

It’s one of those things you would expect to remember vividly, but I don’t. A thing you would think would stay with you every second of the day, but it doesn’t. That first time you were harassed by an employer, the time he showed you his penis or tried to press his pursed wrinkly lips […]

A global overview of the impact of Covid-19 on women in tourism

Dr. Stroma Cole, one of Equality in Tourism’s Directors, shares a brief global overview of the impact of Covid-19 on women in the tourism industry and the need for a gender equal approach in the recovery phase. Covid-19 has had an unprecedented impact on tourism with the UNWTO anticipating a 60-80% decline in international tourism. […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

COVID-19 exposes tourism inequalities

COVID-19 has shut down global travel. So what will happen to the women and communities relying on tourism? We are asking for stories of hope and opportunity.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

One in three women experience physical or sexual abuse at some point in their lives, and these numbers are only the ones we know about. There are numerous reasons why women might not report acts of violence, but perhaps fourth-wave feminism is working towards changing the discourse through movements such as #metoo. This International Day […]