Tourism in The Gambia has and it is still providing women with economic opportunities.
However, women who are working in the tourism industry are finding it difficult to recover from ripple effects of the pandemic.
Small market vendors, vegetable sellers as well as women selling at craft markets highly depend on tourists, who usually come to buy their products. Now that the industry has stalled, these women find it very difficult to make ends meet.
Isatou Jallow, a mother of one, who has worked in the tourism sector for 7 years, sells batik and local beads at the Fajara Craft Market. She explained that she went through a lot since the pandemic hit the country.
“For over a year now, I am sitting at home without doing anything as a single parent. I am now very depressed and confused because I rely on this job to pay for my son’s school fees. Apart from Allah, there is no help from the government yet,” she disclosed.
She urged the government to help them with at least a little amount of money to help them revive their petty business and help themselves and their children.
According to the Gambia Tourism Board, tourism contributes more than 20 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP)…