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Women encouraged taking part in tourism actively

Yesterday, the Zimbabwean First Lady, Auxillia Mnangagwa enthused women to actively take part in the tourism sector and help in contributing to the economic development.
She made the remarks while formally introducing the Women in Tourism initiative which is anticipated to perk up participation by women in the sector.
The function managed under the theme, “Women Empowerment for Tourism Growth and Sustainable Development” was attended by Prisca Mupfumira, Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister, Senate President Mabel Chinomona and Women’s Affairs, Community Small and Medium Enterprises Development Minister Sithembiso Nyoni, senior Government officials, United Nations delegates, development partners, representatives from the financial sector, women organizations and church organizations.
“At our level as women our time for individualism is past us. The world trends demand that we form alliances and we become powerful forces together. Let us work together so that our efforts will not go in vain. These projects require common unity so I encourage you to be united and maintain oneness,” she said.
“We as African women in tourism can explore our advantages and share notes on pertinent issues on socio and economic development. We need to compete with other women at regional and international level. This can only be achieved if we maintain our oneness.”
She expressed anxiety that according to the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) report, women were contributing a considerable amount of unpaid labor to home-based tourism businesses.
“I therefore urge you the executive committee to prioritise these key areas to promote gender equality in tourism.”
“(UNWTO) also noted that in some countries like Nicaragua and Panama more than 70 percent of business owners are women compared to just over 20 percent in other sectors.”
 
source: travelandtourworld

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