The World Tourism Organization (WTO) praised the announcement made on Wednesday by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism that the tourism sector has adopted a gender equality seal, MENA news agency reported.
Egypt is the first country in the world to adopt the Gender Equality Seal of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in the tourism sector, the organization said on its official Twitter page.
The UNDP said that the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism cooperates with the National Council for Women and the UNDP in this regard.
The Ministry of Tourism announced the steps required for companies seeking to obtain the seal in the tourism sector.
The steps include signing a document stating commitment to gender equality, the establishment of a commission for gender equality within the company, an internal evaluation of the company’s policies and practices, developing and implementing a policy and an action plan to address the gender gap as it was identified during the evaluation, and obtaining government recognition through a formal certificate on the gender equality seal. Follow-up on the implementation of the gender equality policy will continue after the company obtains the seal, according to the Tourism Ministry.
The Tourism Ministry, the National Council for Women and the United Nations Development Program announced that the seal aims to eliminate gender-based wage gaps, enhance the role of women in decision-making processes, provide measures to allow workers to reconcile between family duties and professional life, support women in reaching non-traditional positions, eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace, and use media coverage language promoting gender equality.