Human rights

Puppen
© Robert Wenzel

“Tourism is people´s business” – this wisdom holds true since the emerge of travel and tourism. It is not only true for guests – but includes all the people all over the world, who ensure, that travellers get safely from A to B, provide good food and arrange interesting excursions. Tourism constantly breaches their dignity and rights. Either by exploitative working conditions, eviction for hotel buildings and airports or by limiting their access to resources like water. Until today, children are sexually abused in the context of tourism. Strengthening human rights in tourism, therefore, stands in the centre of our work.

Improving Working Conditions Through Rating Platforms

Rikshaws in Indien
© Uta Wagner - Brot für die Welt

The Fairwork Foundation rates and ranks the fairness of digital labour platforms. The goal of the project is to define standards for decent working conditions in the platform economy and to measure the real working conditions against these standards - also in tourism.

Towards Gender Equality in Indonesian Tourism

 ‘Rinjani Women Adventure’ bieten als erste Frauen in Lombok Wandertouren an
© Rinjani Women Adventure

Tourism is a promising sector of employment for women. However, digitalization and online booking platforms bring about new gender-specific disadvantages and challenges for women in Indonesia. Platforms need to do their part to bridge the digital divide and gender gap.

Precious Human Rights

Bunte Surfboards an einer Mauer
© Abigail Lynn on Unsplash

Rika Jean-Francois is in charge of Corporate Social Responsibility at the ITB Berlin and on the Board of Directors of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association Foundation. We spoke to her about the importance of LGBTQI* tourism to countries of the Global South.

Bon Voyage vs. Boycott

Schild auf Demo: Queer Liberation, not Rainbow Capitalism
© Delia Giandeini on Unsplash

How can LGBTQI* tourism contribute to the rights of homo- and transsexuals in travel destinations? Reflections from Cambodia, Colombia and Saudi Arabia.

LGBTQI* Refugees in Thailand

Bangkok - lebhaft und bunt. Doch nicht offen für jeden?
© Hanny Naibaho on Unsplash

Thailand is marketed as one of the world's most LGBTQI*-friendly destinations. But transsexual refugees face a different reality: a harsh and dangerous life in Thai Immigration Detention Centres.

Encouraging Change

Gorilla im Baum
© McAndy K

Homosexuality is a punishable offense in Uganda. A tour operator describes his efforts to fight homophobia and discrimination of LGBTQI* persons in the country.

Online – Offline

Kinder am Computer
© Frank Schultze - Brot für die Welt

The Internet opens new avenues for travelling sex offenders. ‘Cyber-grooming‘ on social media enables offenders to develop contacts with children and adolescents. They win young people's trust in order to initiate sexual abuse online and may travel to meet them in person.

All things legal! Human rights in tourism

Mädchen am Strand
© Lohnes / Brot für die Welt

Human rights violations in tourism are commonplace. Be it through exploitative working conditions in hotels, the displacement of entire villages for the construction of airports or the sexual exploitation of children by travelers. Governments and tourism companies must fully respect, protect and guarantee human rights.

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