It is the first code answering step by step to those working for a gender tourism project, a gender assessment and any other issue related to gender equality.
The GRT Manual of ‘Gender Equality, Diversity Inclusion in Tourism’ was written by Iaia Pedemonte during 2021 and shared with experts in January 2022 for reviews.
It includes 6 Parts, 26 Chapters, lists of tens of items, at choice according to needs.
It is a combination of insights and frameworks among many guide lines and reccomendations, from the main experts of projects, development, labour, anthropology, psychology, sociology, politics and more.
It is also based on one of the needs emerged from the new ISTO research about gender equality: women (but also men) are asking for more information about equality and gender assessment. In fact, ISTO’s Working Group on gender equality, diversity inclusion, is planning to test some of the guidelines within ISTO’s associations and other experts.
Those who are following gender issues know that, after the pandemics, voices calling for gender assessment in every field have multiplied and experts and Organisations have issued appeals for them to be included in policy. The most recents are: the Italian UNI equality certification, the European Parliament's "Tourim Transition Pathway" that will shape the European 2030-50 tourism agenda, the UNWTO with the guidelines launched on march 16th. The GRT Manual thus forms a path in line with the suggestions of the major world organisations and partly anticipates them.
GRT and its partners aim to use these guidelines in specific projects, to train tourism managers, workers, communities, to spread in schools, to educate, to make workshops within equality and inclusion projects, related to the tourism industry, in order to dismantle patterns of discrimination and disadvantage in the workplace and society, remains open to partnerships and to include new ideas..
According to Iaia Pedemonte: <<I wanted to write for all, with as more details as possible, the list of items that has been useful to me, when I went to work for a gender tourism project, but I also added the concrete steps for all those who have to integrate in a tourism project a gender assessment project and build a workplace transformation through a gender equality and diversity inclusion lens>>.
All for the good of the society, if it is true that the faster policy makers and business leaders act to push for greater gender equality, the bigger the benefits, not just for gender equality but also for economic growth.
As Annie Faith of UNWomen said, launching the UNWTO GUide lines: 'We have now 63 companies in 150 countires participating, have done a committment on gender equality and contrubute to the sustainability becauese they beleive that gender equaltiy helps community engagement and contribute to the susatinability of their busineess, helps to attract and retein talent and acoustamers are choosisng products on sustainability value, Investors are paying more attention to companies who have these values in place, because of return of investment, and risk mitigation factor, It is also about women rights but it is about how the brand can contribute to environment, there is also eliminate stereotypes, it is about culture and data, help to what is going on inside a company and outside'.
With the same aim, the GRT Manual provides concrete recommendations modulated for governments, enterprises, assocations, alongside a growing number of similar initiatives such as the European Tourism Transition Pathmway, the Italian new Certification UNI/PdR 125:2022, the latest ITC ILO Workplace policy design lab about violence, Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEP’s) or the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Reporting scheme, the Sustainable Development Goals (particularly Goal 5 – Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment) and the objectives of international women’s rights treaties such as ILO Conventions 100, 111, 156, 183 and 190 or the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
In short, if compared with the very useful and nice UNWTO Guidelines, these written by Iaia Pedemonte are more detailed 'from the field' and usable in different situations.
Here, a tip in a nutshell of what you can find in the 20 pages, the 200 tips and the 26 references links.
• Planning for a new tourism? Look at the 15 points developed with examples and tips, about how to do participatory learning, putting digital skills at first place, training girls as guides with new itineraries or as employees included in decision making processes.
• What are the Main Criteria showing that tourism is supporting and developing Gender Equality? Look at the 12 items to follow in details: from systematically collect and report data that is disaggregated by sex, to pay special care to legitimate women leaders, set programs for fighting stereotypes, reduce biases, set day care for very young kids, offer anti-harassment/ discrimination training, offer employees training to eliminate bias in hiring, complemented with capacity building and more.
• What is a gender-sensitive evaluation criteria? Diversity is about all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, ability, including physical, mental, and/or sensory impairments, first language, socio-economic status, citizenship and/or country of origin, faith, religion or spiritual affiliation, age or marital status.
• Inclusion ensures those individuals are seen, welcomed, respected, and appreciated.
• Equity requires meaningful support for each individual as they strive for success.
• In front of a group of candidates, in order to be equal, you should use mixed qualitative and quantitative methods and consider that evaluations need to be undertaken in a culturally sensitive fashion in order for there to be a full understanding of human rights and gender equality implications.
Look at the 20 Tips for employing gender-responsive evaluation methods and formulating criteria and human rights indicators
At the moment the Guidebook is only in Italian but we are planning to translate it in English.
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