The tourism sector, like lots of other sectors, still faces inequality on different levels. In order to best address those challenges, ISTO set up a Working Group on Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
”The lack of equal opportunities for women, particularly in decision-making processes, has a negative impact not only on their personal and professional lives, it is detrimental to their families and whole communities. The absence of women at the heart of decision-making in tourism continues to stall the advancement of women, men and their families, whether in rural Africa or urban Europe.Iaia PedemonteCoordinator of the working group
In recent months, ISTO, through its working group on Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (GEDI), has reached out to its members in order to deepen its understanding of the role that tourism organizations have to promote initiatives that lead to greater equality.
First of all, as some of the core values and DNA of ISTO are fair businesses and quality of life and as gender equality is one of the 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) promoted by the UN, ISTO decided to be involved in the question of gender equality.
Secondly, the tourism sector, like lots of other sectors, still faces inequality on different levels. In order to best address those challenges, ISTO set up a Working Group on Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (GEDI), which is coordinated by Iaia Pedemonte. The working group is primarily committed to highlighting the place of women in the tourism sector and creating new opportunities through the empowerment of women.
If you have any questions, remarks or recommendations for the group you can always get in touch with Iaia Pedemonte.
In order to promote and achieve gender equality in social tourism, ISTO proposes to establish a Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Charter which will include policies to eliminate all forms of discrimination and gender bias. This approach is in line with ISTO’s DNA and the Agenda 2030 of the UN.
The group actively participates in the development of themes debated during our events and feeds the discussions between our members, whether they are held face-to-face or remotely, such as the CafécISTO.