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Published on March 8, 2018

The Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) joins the world in acknowledging March 8, 2018 as International Women’s Day (IWD). The IWD Campaign Theme for 2018 is Press for Progress. IWD is not to be misconstrued as a day which highlights women’s issues but rather seeks to promote gender inclusiveness and gender equality.

Chairman’s Message:
The year 2018 has ushered in an era where women have been using their voices more effectively to highlight practices that have been harmful to their wellbeing and spirit internationally. The issue of sexual harassment has become an international talking point and we encourage all in positions of authority to ensure the workplace is free of these types of pressures for both sexes.

We must take the time to ponder on the fact that issues of equality of pay, creation of opportunities for advancement in the work environment and the inclusion of women in the decision-making process, in a proportional fashion, must still be given adequate attention. Boards of directors, management and supervisory positions are more effective when representation of both sexes is considered in appropriate and equal numbers. Jobs thought to be traditional for either sex should be examined to ensure no discriminatory practices are unconsciously applied.

The tourism sector in the lower ranks has more women than men and this too has to be addressed to ensure equality and inclusiveness. As an industry, tourism can also boast of a high number of women in senior positions and though the final count is not available, active involvement in the association at both Board and Committee levels have seen women at the fore.

Our quest is for equality and not dominance of any sex. Therefore, matters of gender and sensitivity to any type of discrimination must continue to engage our attention. We must continue to press for equal pay, equal opportunity and the fostering of productive environments sensitive to the needs of all employees.

We thank the women involved in tourism for their tireless efforts and the balancing act they do daily as the task of maintaining homes and rearing children still falls heavily on their shoulders. The BHTA salutes all the beautiful ladies in the tourism sector whose dedication ensures that this industry continues to be the lifeblood of the economy. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed and we thank you.


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