32 Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls A large number of employees and entrepreneurs in the tourism sector worldwide are women. However, they often occupy lowpaid positions, perpetuating inequality at the economic and social levels.13 The tourism sector can act as a vehicle for the empowerment of women, by providing decent employment at the local level, enabling them to improve their living conditions and enjoy greater autonomy. Businesses in the sector can therefore promote tourism that improves the quality of women’s employment and that enables them to gain access to qualified jobs by creating programmes for job training, integration and equality for women and girls in the local communities where they operate. 13 Global Report on Women in Tourism 2010 (Madrid: UNWTO and UN Women, 2011) Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls is one of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) to which we in the tourism sector are committed to actively contribute Jose Ángel Preciados General Director Ilunion Hotels Read more Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all The tourism activity requires substantial energy input and it can be very sensitive to water and sanitation restrictions in destinations. The tourism industries can carry out an efficient management of water resources and limit the negative impacts for the local ecosystem while at the same time provide access to water for tourism and the local population. Companies in the tourism sector should integrate sustainable management of water and sanitation in their business strategies, taking into account pollution control, efficiency and safeguarding of resources.
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