In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8,
Canadian tour operator G Adventures has launched three itineraries that
integrate community-development projects aimed at supporting women in Morocco,
Australia and Belize.
The effort kicks off a month-long campaign that
G Adventures is calling Planet Her, which aims to raise awareness and funds for
projects that will benefit women. Managed by the Planeterra Foundation, the nonprofit
arm of G Adventures, Planet Her aims to raise nearly $20,000 between March 8
and April 10 and to shine a spotlight on women’s roles in travel and tourism.
On several G Adventures tours, including the eight-day
"Morocco Kasbahs and Desert Tour" and the 9-day "National
Geographic Journeys with G Adventures," travelers visit the village of
M’hoya (near Meknes, Morocco) where a group of women will serve a traditional
lunch and offer basic lessons in Arabic.
G Adventures has provided seed funding to support the
local partner in M’hoya, AFER (Association Des Femmes et Enfants Ruraux), which
has enabled them to renovate the group’s kitchen and dining area. Additional
funds, including those from tourism revenue spurred by the tours, will support
health and education programs for a network of some 700 women and children in
In Queensland Australia, G Adventures travelers will learn
about and support the aboriginal Jirrbal people in Tully, where tourism dollars
have helped transform an old railway station into a café and vocational
training center for women and youth.
The new Cafe Chloe, run by four Jirrbal women who are
with G Adventures’ partner Ingan Tours, serves travelers lunches and offers training
workshops in weaving and aboriginal arts. Travelers can enjoy the lunch and
cultural exchange on select G Adventures tours, including the 12-day "Sydney
to Melbourne" offered through National Geographic Journeys and the "Classic
10-day Brisbane to Cairns."
“Travel and tourism are among the most promising
sectors to help achieve ... empowering women through greater economic and
educational opportunities,” G Adventures said in a statement.
Members of the Sisterhood of Survivors project in Nepal host a dumpling-making class.
In addition to the three new projects, G Adventures
has several existing women-focused projects that it has integrated into tours
in Nepal, Cambodia, India, Kenya and Peru.
For example, the Sisterhood of Survivors (SASANE)
project in Nepal offers employment and paralegal training to women who were
victims of human trafficking and forced labor. Women on Wheels pairs female
passengers with female drivers in New Delhi.