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Empowering Women Through Tourism

by Portal Web Editor last modified Mar 08, 2019 04:46 PM
Contributors: Fruman, Cecile, Twining-Ward, Louise
As seen through this project and many others, travel and tourism can empower women. The sector has already been recognized by the World Bank group and other organizations as a nimble and powerful development tool , which is underscored by the United Nations' declaration of 2017 as the Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

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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.

To tackle these and other issues, The World Bank Group developed the Abraham Path project to support community-based tourism along the historic Abraham Path. Spanning Turkey, Jordan, Israel and the West Bank, this 1,000-km walking trail weaves through communities and important historical, cultural, ecological and holy sites offering visitors a unique regional experience and interactions with locals. The WBG project brought together fragmented communities along the Abraham Path in the West Bank through many interventions like training and capacity, which were aimed at generating tourism revenue and jobs, and improving economic opportunities for women.

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