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The article is about how one tourism department applied for an international gender equality charter-accreditation, Athena SWAN.

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Why is it important?

We discuss how the focus on gender (in)equality through the Athena SWAN application process both enabled discussion of usually ignored topics and revealed entrenched gender power dynamics and structural and institutional barriers to reform.


The paper illustrates both the possibilities of gender equality initiatives like Athena SWAN to highlight many of the gendered practices of tourism academia and the limitations they hold for overcoming deep-rooted gender inequality.

Dr Yana Wengel
Hainan University

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This page is a summary of: Gendering knowledge in tourism: gender (in)equality initiatives in the tourism academy, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, October 2020, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2020.1834566.
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