Commitment to Inclusion…
S4IG is working towards economic growth particularly in the tourism value chain that benefits all Sri Lankans and contributes to a prosperous and stable Sri Lanka.
We aim to contribute to sustainable job creation, increased income and business growth for all marginalised and disadvantaged people, particularly women and people with disabilities. Our considerations of inclusion expand beyond just gender and disability to include people of diverse ethnicities, religions, ages, dis/abilities, language, sexualities and genders, castes and/or social class. Furthermore, we consider the intersections between them, for example, gender and ethnicity, disability and gender identity.
Our approach to inclusion seeks appropriate pathways through strategic partnerships and policy advocacy. It addresses inclusion barriers through partnerships with training institutions and employers and industry associations.
In Phase 1 S4IG’s Inclusion strategy delivered the following results for gender and disability inclusion:
In Phase 1, S4IG made gains for women and people with disability in skills development across the tourism value chain. Guided by the Gender Equality Strategy (2017-2020) and the Disability Strategy (2017-2020)
Improved tourism services through sub-contractors and private sector partners.
of enterprises creating additional employment were female owned with control of decision making in the hands of women
women gained diverse non traditional employment in tourism and gained improved incomes through more secure and formal employment
of trainees enrolled through S4IG facilitated training were people with disabilities
Building Capacity and Creating Opportunities in Tourism
Creating Opportunities for Women - The Arugam Bay Girls Surf Club
Inclusivity in Tourism | Women in Tourism | Sri Lanka Tourism Alliance
S4IG’s Phase 2 the Inclusion Strategy takes an over-arching strategic approach to build awareness of, commitment to, and implement principles of gender equality, disability, and social inclusion throughout our implementation.
Our Phase 2 approach to inclusion is incremental, building on the strategic advantage of our proven niche in skills development and tourism value chains from Phase 1. It is based on applying existing program models to create the necessary enabling environment to achieve better inclusive growth outcomes.
We seek to: