Boon for women in tourism

The Manica Post - - Business News - Rumbidzayi Zinyuke Se­nior Re­porter

GOV­ERN­MENT has moved to reg­u­larise the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women in tourism in the coun­try through the for­mu­la­tion of com­mit­tees that will spear­head projects to pro­mote their par­tic­i­pa­tion in eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

Speak­ing at a work­shop to for­mu­late the Women-In-Tourism Man­i­ca­land chap­ter, di­rec­tor do­mes­tic tourism in the Min­istry of Tourism and Hos­pi­tal­ity In­dus­try Dr Eni­vah Mut­sau said there was need to make co­or­di­nated ef­forts to in­crease women’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the sec­tor.

“The ob­jec­tive of the work­shop is specif­i­cally to come up with a pro­vin­cial tourism chap­ter.

“This comes from the re­al­i­sa­tion that there are so many struc­tures in all prov­inces and when we want a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of tourism from all prov­inces, we didn’t have a sin­gle voice. At some point, we are in­vited to other fo­rums out­side the coun­try and we don’t know how to choose who to rep­re­sent us and for that rea­son we want to do this,” she said.

“Tourism is ev­ery­one’s busi­ness but we are try­ing to cre­ate a struc­ture through which we can all chan­nel our is­sues and ef­forts.”

Dr Mut­sau said the Min­istry would for­malise and reg­u­larise the ex­ist­ing chap­ters and cre­ate new ones where nec­es­sary.

She said the high­est share of women were em­ployed in the tourism in­dus­try but most of them were not in man­age­ment po­si­tions.

“Tourism of­fers women in Zim­babwe to un­lock their po­ten­tial while help­ing them to be­come fully en­gaged and lead­ers in ev­ery as­pect of so­ci­ety. Zim­babwe has iden­ti­fied tourism as a tool for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment and in­clu­sive growth. Gen­der equal­ity and women’s em­pow­er­ment re­main the cen­tre of Gov­ern­ment’s de­vel­op­ment strat­egy as out­lined in the con­sti­tu­tion,” she said.

Af­ter the work­shop, an eight-mem­ber com­mit­tee chaired by the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor for Ekhaya Travel, Rumbidzai Mun­huwani, was se­lected.

Speak­ing at the same event, pro­vin­cial ad­min­is­tra­tor Mr Edgar Seenza said

“This has been a long awaited ini­tia­tive which is crit­i­cal to the tourism sec­tor as well as the na­tion at large.

“The im­por­tance of women in grow­ing the econ­omy can­not be overem­pha­sised,” he said.

“As prov­inces, we are go­ing to be com­pared and rated on how we are con­tribut­ing to GDP. And what we are do­ing here is very crit­i­cal to­wards grow­ing our GDP as a prov­ince. “

Mr Seenza said there was need for the na­tion to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties to un­lock women’s po­ten­tial both in so­cial and eco­nomic sec­tors.

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