In the occasion of the International Women’s Rights Day, let’s look at some facts regarding gender equality in the tourism sector.
According to the Global Report on Women in Tourism (2019), women make up 54% of the global tourism workforce, but they are often concentrated in low-skilled or informal work, which is less paid and gives less access to social protection.
While women make the majority of students in tourism education, they are underrepresented in leadership positions: for example, in 2018 23% of tourism Ministers were women.
Even if the gender pay gap of the tourism sector is narrower than in the broader economy, it is still present: women working in the tourism sector earn 14,7% less than men.
The Covid-19 outbreak had devastating impacts on the tourism sector. In its recent publication “Inclusive Recovery Guide – Sociocultural Impacts of Covid-19, Issue 3: Women in tourism”, UNWTO highlights that women have been disproportionately affected. This is due, among other factors, to an increase in women’s economic and social insecurity, unpaid care work and domestic violence.
Based on these findings, the UNWTO has formulated recommendations to increase gender equality and promote gender-responsive measures to face the consequences of the Covid-19 crisis.
> Read the Global Report on Women in Tourism (2019)
> Read the Action Plan based on the key findings and recommendations (2019)
> Read the Inclusive Recovery Guide – Sociocultural Impacts of Covid-19, Issue 3: Women in tourism (2021)