|Equations Submission To 'State Policy For Transgender in Karnataka, 2014|
|March 31, 2016|
|In April 2014, Supreme Court recognized transgender as the third gender...|
|New Tourism Policy Will Harm Local Communities and Environment, Say Activists|
|March 25, 2016|
|As many as 51 civil society organisations working across a range of fields linked to...|
|Draft National Tourism Policy, 2015: A Mockery of Democracy|
|March 09, 2016|
|Tourism is not just a holiday, it changes the entire social, cultural and economic nature of...|
|EQUATIONS submission to the Right of Transgender Persons Bill, 2015|
|January 20, 2016|
|The legislation is modelled on the private members’ Transgender bill moved by Rajya Sabha MP...|
|A Tale of Trans-ition|
|November 23, 2015|
|Suma M recoils with fear as she reminisces the horrors of her past...|
EQUATIONS is a research, campaign and advocacy organisation. We study the social, cultural, economic and environmental impact of tourism on host communities. We believe that tourism should be non-exploitative, equitable and sustainable. A question that has been central to our work and directs much of it is ‘Who Really Benefits from Tourism?’.
Tourism impacts on:
Our work across thematic areas is guided by the impacts that tourism has on these areas. We research, campaign and advocate on issues that then emerge and this helps us as an organization to understand tourism’s impacts more comprehensively. The themes we work across currently are:
CHILD AND TOURISM
We work with local communities, concerned groups, the tourism industry and other players to ensure that the rights of children are protected in the context of tourism. We endeavour to influence central and state governments to incorporate, implement and monitor child sensitive guidelines in their respective policies and legislations.
ECONOMIC IMPACTS AND TOURISM
We provide a developing-country perspective at the national and international fora on the impacts of trade and economic policies on tourism development and community benefit. We work on influencing the national government's trade and economic policies related to tourism to prioritise community rights, benefits and local regulation.
ECOSYSTEMS, COMMUNITIES AND TOURISM
We work on international, national and local level policies and processes to build an understanding of environmental impacts of tourism. We critique current models of tourism; all which have a bearing on ecological sustainability, biodiversity and sustainable livelihoods.
GOVERNANCE, LAW AND TOURISM
We work with rural and urban Local Self Governing Institutions (LSGIs) to exercise their rights and to develop guidelines and mechanisms to strengthen local regulation of tourism and to ensure that they play an active and decisive role in tourism development.
We aim to influence how tourism is taught in India by mainstreaming critical perspectives and attempt changes in tourism curriculum. We engage with students, teachers and tourism institutions by building awareness on tourism impacts, encouraging research and welcoming interns.
WOMEN AND TOURISM
The tourism industry claims to be a major employer of women globally, but this is an industry that is far from gender just. Our work 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. We endeavour to influence policy makers for evolving greater gender-sensitive models and policies for tourism.
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|AVIATION, TOURISM & CHILDREN’S RIGHTS: A GLOBAL EMERGENCY|
|December 07, 2015|
|The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) which celebrates International Aviation Day on...|
|THE BITTER IRONY OF “1 BILLION TOURISTS – 1 BILLION OPPORTUNITIES”|
|September 27, 2015|
|This year’s World Tourism Day theme ‘1 Billion Tourists – 1 Billion Opportunities’ sounds like...|
|Public Lecture on Are “Non-Performing Assets” Of The Rich And Powerful Financial Frauds Disguised? A Case for Enhancing Banking Transpa|
|May 13, 2016|
|The issue of Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) in the banking sector has...|
|HIDDEN VOICES AND HIDDEN REALITIES|
|May 14, 2015|
|There is significant lack of understanding of transgender people as...|
|Tourism & Hotel Industry Feels Neglected in the Budget 2016-17|
|February 29, 2016|
The tourism and hospitality industry in the country felt gross neglect in the budget presented by Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, today in Parliament.While giving his...
|Industry Reacts to Rail Budget 2016-17|
|February 25, 2016|
|It is a very good initiative by the Rail Minister to propose development of...|