ASSET-H&C published “Promoting Gender Mainstreaming: Recommendations for Vocational Training Centers”
October 11, 2022

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While the tourism and hospitality sector can truly provide a vehicle for social mobility, economic empowerment, and inclusion for women, challenges remain in providing them with a decent and equal working environment. According to a UN World Tourism Organization’s report, women represent more than half of those working in tourism and hospitality; however, they tend to occupy informal and low-paid jobs*. Therefore, as a fundamental first step towards future empowerment of young women entering the industry, more efforts need to be put into increasing access to quality vocational training that has a high focus on transversal life skills. 



ASSET-H&C’s previous report, Valued. Paid. Recognized, highlights the importance of equal opportunities for women within the Hospitality and Catering (H&C) sector. As a continuation of this preliminary work, ‘Promoting Gender Mainstreaming: Recommendations for vocational training centers in ASSET-H&C network’ outlines how we can promote and sustain gender equality in the industry, with practical examples from ASSET-H&C member schools.  



The report aims to empower schools in H&C to take further action by providing guidance on the most pressing gender-related issues and examples of practices already implemented across the network. These recommendations are not a comprehensive checklist, but rather, they offer suggestions on gender-mainstreaming including: 

  • Gender audit 
  • Gender responsive schools & management, e.g., analyzing sex-disaggregated data 
  • Gender responsive & safe classroom environment, e.g., gender-responsive facilities, development of a Code of Conduct 
  • Curriculum and training 
  • Student empowerment through capacity-building, community, and representation 
  • Engaging other stakeholders, e.g., working with parents, building strategic partnerships  

Tailored to the needs of ASSET-H&C member schools, the recommendations are based on applicability and actionability. Furthermore, ASSET-H&C anticipates that this Gender Mainstreaming publication also inspires other stakeholders in the industry, from those in higher management positions to those early on in their careers, to identify inequalities and take actions to create a fair working environment for all.  

The full publication is now available at:  


* World Tourism Organization (2019), Global Report on Women in Tourism – Second Edition, UNWTO, Madrid, DOI:  

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