As the sector enters its second year of unprecedented crisis, the impact this has had on women in tourism became clear. According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), there is a risk that the pandemic and the unprecedented decline in international tourist arrivals will turn back progress on the road to gender equality and efforts to empower women and girls.

UNWTO is celebrating International Women’s Day 2021 with the publication of our guide on inclusive recovery for women in tourism, produced in collaboration with UN Women.

UNWTO data show that women make up the majority of those employed in tourism (54%). Women in tourism often also focus on low-skilled or informal work. This means that they are feeling the economic shock caused by the crisis more acutely and more quickly than their male counterparts. In many cases, they are cut off from the social and health protections that are so important to a global pandemic.

Crisis “has a woman’s face”

Tourism is a proven driver of equality and equal opportunities

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres said: “As the world marks International Women’s Day amid a global pandemic, one clear fact is clear: the COVID-19 crisis has the face of a woman.” UNWTO Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili added : “Tourism is a proven engine for equality and equal opportunities. This unprecedented crisis has hit women in our sector fast and hard, which is why gender equality and gender empowerment must be at the heart of our collaboration to resume tourism and accelerate recovery. “

Recommendations for an inclusive recovery

Almost a year after the official declaration of the pandemic, the negative effects on women and girls have become devastating. This rise in women’s economic and social insecurity, coupled with the observed increase in unpaid care work and domestic violence, has resulted in women in tourism being disproportionately affected by the devastating effects of the pandemic on the sector.

The Integrative Restoration Guide provides recommendations for policy makers, businesses and civil society actors in tourism to develop gender-specific measures in response to the ongoing pandemic.

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