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Witness Lyimo Thesis Defense available on YouTube

Thesis title: Exploring factors facilitating the engagement of women in traditional masculine employment in tourism delivery

The Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management, in conjunction with our World Leisure Centre of Excellence, would like to congratulate Witness Lyimo, Graduate Student for successfully presenting her research thesis on June 28, 2021.
The recording of the thesis defense is available on Youtube.

WLCE thesis

Thesis Title: Exploring factors facilitating the engagement of women in traditional masculine employment in tourism delivery: A case study of Tanzania northern tourism circuit.
Gender equality is an essential consideration in all professions, including tourism (Ferguson, 2011; Olgiati et al., 2002). It is a particularly significant issue for the Global South; however, despite the apparent increases in gender equality emphasis, discrimination continues to manifest itself in tourism workforce (Ferguson, 2011; Nyaruwata and Nyaruwata, 2013). This study examined the lived experiences of women employed in traditionally masculine employment in tourism delivery in Tanzania. Using qualitative descriptive methodology (Bradshaw et al., 2017), this study took a strengths-based approach (Goldman and Schmalz, 2005) and was grounded in a social-ecological model (McLeroy et al., 1988) as a theoretical framework. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews with 17 women working in TME in the Northern Tourism Circuit in Tanzania. Thematic analysis and abductive
reasoning were applied to the analysis. Supported by the idea for proximal and distal factors in the conceptual framework, findings of this study revealed that the prospect of engagement of women in traditional masculine employment (TME) involves two main phases: (a) getting the jobs, and (b) keeping the jobs. While resilience was evident among these women, this study found that women were resisting being limited to traditional gender roles through the engagement in traditionally masculine employment.

The committee was formed by: 

Dr. Aggie Weighill
Dr. Rick Rollins
Dr. Rehema A. Shoo
External Examiner
Professor Professor Emeritus Lecturer
Vancouver Island University Vancouver Island University College of African Wildlife
Management, Mweka

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