Empowering Women Through Tourism

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has some of the most important historical and cultural sites in the world, and stunning natural landscapes. Couple these incredible assets with the region’s famous hospitality and rich culinary traditions, MENA is an ideal destination to grow travel and tourism, and harness its power for development work. However, MENA is behind other regions in women’s agency, economic opportunities, workforce participation and more. This presents a unique opportunity to leverage tourism to bridge the gender gap in the region. Gender differences in unemployment rates are particularly exacerbated in the West Bank and Gaza, where the overall economic situation is bleak due to instability, and gender dynamics are and exacerbated by the conflict.

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Opening doors: How national IDs empower women cross border traders in East Africa

When Agnes became a young widow with four children still to raise, many people in her community thought she would have to take her children out of school. 1_VKgpfpebYFgjXAUoKewFVg But education is important to Agnes and to support her family, she turned to business and became a cross border trader.

“I buy millet in Uganda and sell it in Kenya,” she explains. “In Kenya, I buy sugar and then bring back to Uganda.”

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