Freetown Forum on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Tourism – Thursday, November 28, 2019, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

 

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The Freetown Agenda for Action on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Tourism was launched on Thursday, November 28, 2019, in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The event was sponsored by The World Bank Group’s We-Fi (Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative), in collaboration with UNWTO and Ministry of Tourism & Cultural Affairs, Sierra Leone

The objectives are as follows:

  • present the findings of the UNWTO Global Report on Women in Tourism (Second Edition) and the 2019 Women in Tourism Enterprise Survey in Ghana and Sierra Leone (WeTour)
  • discuss and identify key policy recommendations to promote women’s empowerment through tourism entrepreneurship” (Freetown Forum Event Program, 2019)

Dr Louise Twining-Ward of the World Bank Group noted in her opening remarks, “though women dominate  the tourism sector, there is an achievement gap.” This will change. The forum provided the right avenue, motivation and incentive for CHANGE.

The full-day activities included panel discussions (global report on women and Tourism, 2019; tourism entrepreneurship on Sierra Leone, Women, Business and the Law), interactive sessions (access to finance, networks and digital technology; legal rights, gender-based violence) and networking session. Vibrant deliberations focusing on overcoming the barriers to women’s entrepreneurship in tourism and lively debates on creating the business environment for women to succeed in tourism were key highlights of the event. According to Dr Ogechi Adeola of the Lagos Business School,  a Panellist at the event, “the epoch-making event can best be described as insightful, resourceful and action-packed”.

The Freetown Forum was truly a true celebration of women’s empowerment through Tourism Entrepreneurship. The event ended with the Collective Adoption of the Freetown Action Plan for Women’s Empowerment through Tourism, anchored by Dr Memunatu Pratt, Hon Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Sierra Leone.

 

Panellists Dr Albert Kimbu, University of Surrey, UK; Dr Brenda Boonabaana, Makerere University, Uganda; Dr Memunatu Pratt, Hon Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Sierra Leone; Dr. Ogechi Adeola, Lagos Business School, and the Moderator, Ben Owen of UNWTO at the November 28, 2019 Launch of the Freetown Agenda for Action on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Tourism; sponsored by The World Bank Group, in collaboration with UNWTO and Ministry of Tourism & Cultural Affairs, Sierra Leone

 

Panellists Dr Albert Kimbu, University of Surrey, UK; Dr Brenda Boonabaana, Makerere University, Uganda; Dr Memunatu Pratt, Hon Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Sierra Leone; Dr Ogechi Adeola, Lagos Business School, and the Moderator, Ben Owen of UNWTO at the November 28, 2019 Launch of the Freetown Agenda for Action on Women's Entrepreneurship in Tourism; sponsored by The World Bank Group, in colloboration with UNWTO and Ministry of Tourism & Cultural Affairs, Sierra Leone
Panel Discussion 2

 

 

Some delegates with the Hon Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Sierra Leone
Some delegates with the Hon Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Sierra Leone

 

 

Louise Twinning-Ward of World Bank Group; Ogechi Adeola, Lagos Business School; Nayda L. Almodóvar-Reteguis, World Bank Group and Ben Owen of UNWTO
Louise Twining-Ward of World Bank Group; Ogechi Adeola, Lagos Business School; Nayda L. Almodóvar-Reteguis, World Bank Group and Ben Owen of UNWTO

 

 

Dr Ogechi Adeola of the Lagos Business School with Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Sierra Leone, Hon Memunatu Pratt and Minister of Social Welfare, Sierra Leone, Hon Baindu Dassama.
Dr. Ogechi Adeola of the Lagos Business School with Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Sierra Leone, Hon Memunatu Pratt and Minister of Social Welfare, Sierra Leone, Hon Baindu Dassama.

 

Front page news headlines featuring the Freetown Forum on Women's Entrepreneurship in Tourism
Front page news headlines featuring the Freetown Forum on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Tourism

 

Dr Ogechi Adeola of the Lagos Business School, Panellist, Freetown Forum on Women's Entrepreneurship in Tourism
Dr. Ogechi Adeola of the Lagos Business School, Panelist, Freetown Forum on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Tourism
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