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EQUATIONS response to the statement made by Mr. Arun Jaitely, Finance Minister, Ministry of Finance, Government of India on December 16 gang rape as small incident causing loss to tourism

11 September 2014

Mr. Arun Jaitely, Finance Minister, Ministry of Finance has recently made a statement regarding December 16 gang rape that one small incident in Delhi has caused million dollar loss to tourism. EQUATIONS has submitted its concern to the Minister and related ministries i.e. Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Women and Child Development. While reiterating the need for systemic engagement with issues of women in tourism, concerns are raised about the nature of initiatives taken by the government and the industry to address women safety. Framing the issue in the language of protection than rights- based framework, denial of the government and the industry to engage with the issue in more systemic ways and right to access tourism destinations as public place is raised.

Dear Mr. Arun Jaitely,
Finance Minister,

Ministry of Finance,
New Delhi- 110001

Greetings from EQUATIONS!

Equitable Tourism Options (EQUATIONS) is a research, campaign and advocacy organisation. We study the social, cultural, economic and environmental impact of tourism on local communities. Our work on women and tourism examines ways in which women can have greater access, control and ownership over livelihoods and natural resources as well as access to the benefits in the context of tourism. For more information on our work, please visit www.equitabletourism.org.

We write to share our response following the statement made by you on the Delhi gang rape as a small incident causing loss to tourism and our concerns, especially in view of the continued silence over systemic engagement with issues of women in tourism sector.

Copy to:
  • Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, The MInister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Tourism, New Delhi
  • Shri Parvez Dewan, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, New Delhi
  • Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Cabinet Minister, Ministry of Women and Child Development, New Delhi
  • Mr. V.S. Oberoi, Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development, New Delhi

Regards,

Surabhi Singh
Senior Associate

Contact Us:
campaigns@equitabletourism.org, info@equitabletourism.org
+91-80-23659711 / 23659722
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