Mitigating Gender Inequality in Rural Regions: The Effects of Tourism Employment in Namibia
Article first published online: 15 JUN 2014
Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Tourism Research
How to Cite
Khatiwada, L. K. and Silva, J. A. (2014), Mitigating Gender Inequality in Rural Regions: The Effects of Tourism Employment in Namibia. Int. J. Tourism Res.. doi: 10.1002/jtr.2010
- Article first published online: 15 JUN 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 MAY 2014
- Manuscript Revised: 8 FEB 2014
- Manuscript Received: 29 MAR 2013
- gender inequality;
We examine the effects of tourism employment on gender inequality in Namibia. We find that tourism contributes to local livelihoods by providing opportunities for cash income through employment, craft sales and shareholder profits from tourism enterprises. In general, male-headed households are economically better off. Female-headed households with tourism employment are better off than those without and are as equally well-off as male-headed households. We find no significant statistical difference between male-headed households with tourism employment and those without it. These findings suggest that tourism provides specific advantages for women and helps mitigate gender inequality in areas where tourism employment is available. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.