09 Maret 2021
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the tourism industry was one of the hardest-hit sectors. Various sectors must face the problems that are the impact of this pandemic, not a few have finally fallen, and have to start crawling again to be able to rise in this situation. Tourism is one of the most difficult sectors to recover from. Limiting activities for all people—in order to cut the spread of COVID-19, and minimize crowds, is one of the contradictory issues for the concept of tourism. Therefore, all business owners in the world of tourism must be able to adapt to these conditions.
Although the impact of this situation was indiscriminate, it was women who were hardest hit by the impact. Nevertheless, women received more attention recently because of their resilience and hard work during this pandemic. Studies show on average; women do more than two times as much childcare and housework as men. Those demands have increased with school shutdowns and limited childcare options. Other studies show that most countries have been more successful in stemming the tide of the COVID-19 pandemic and responding to its health, and broader social-economic impacts are headed by women (UN WOMEN, 2021). This proves that women have high resilience to play a role in many things during a pandemic.
This issue is important to discuss, especially for women, in this situation — how great women around the world are able to survive. In line with the IWD 2021 theme that was carried; Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world, which discusses how women are standing at the forefront of the COVID-19 crisis, as health care workers, caregivers, innovators, community organizers, and as some of the most exemplary and effective national leaders in fighting the pandemic. After all, the crisis has highlighted the centrality of their contribution and the disproportionate burden on women.
Therefore, this event aims to show that we are in this together. By presenting amazing women from different countries discussing the impacts of COVID-19 on the global tourism industry, we want to encourage tourism stakeholders out there to rebuild the future of tourism.