24 March 2019 - RPS Partnership
RPS Partnership has been working with Northcott Global Solutions to shape training for Lone Female Travellers and we would like to showcase their fantastic new website. We are very excited about how this will help female travellers be more prepared prior to travel and allow them to interact with other female travellers so we can all stay safe on our exciting voyages.
Below we bring you what it is all about, so please do check out the website and look to join here.
Welcome to SheTravel
The modern world has transformed the way in which we work and travel. More often, business and leisure trips take us to destinations where the culture and traditions differ from our own, sometimes to remote locations which carry higher risk to personal safety. The key to safe travel is knowledge and research of the destination, maintaining situational awareness and understanding the environment.
That is why SheTravel decided to bring together women who travel. To share experiences, create a secure space to ask questions from a network of fellow travellers and read interesting articles and top tips.
At SheTravel we know that all questions are important and sometimes simple advice may prevent situations becoming serious. Sometimes it’s easier to ask certain questions from peers who may have had similar concerns or experiences – good or bad. SheTravel also understands that some topics require a confidential environment and that risk appetite differs for each traveller.
SheTravel has created a women only network for modern business travel, allowing it’s members to share information to aid safe travel wherever your destination may be.
Why SheTravel ?
With an increase in the number of women travelling, it is important to not forget that the risk and threat landscape has also become more complex. It may take only a 6-hour flight to a completely different culture and environment, where rules and social norms differ from our home country. That is why SheTravel brings together a community of women to share information and experiences to aid safe travel. Sometimes a little knowledge can make a big difference – knowing the risks is the first step to safety. So, the SheTravel concept is a simple; to provide safety in the form of accessible information from our exclusive network of female travellers.
According to recent research and surveys conducted by a variety of organisations, the number of women travelling for business and domestic reasons is increasing year by year. The number of women travelling to medium and high-risk countries is also on the rise. The George Washington University School of Business reported that nearly two-thirds of travellers are women travelling solo with the numbers doubling in the past five years. However, with the increasing number of female travellers, research also shows that female travellers have suffered from safety related incidents varying from sexual assault, harassment, theft of belongings and drink spiking.
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world’s largest association of managers, buyers and service providers conducted a research together with WWStay, revealing that more than half of corporate travel buyers say they have a higher percentage of females in their traveling populations than just three to five years ago. However, the findings also showed that nearly 70% agree that female business travellers today face higher travel safety risks. Research showed that more than 8 in 10 (83%) women say they experienced one or more safety-related concerns or incidents whilst traveling for business in the past year. Key findings also discovered that 90% of women say concerns about safety has an effect on activities pursued during personal time while on business travel and 80% say safety concerns have impacted their productivity on business trips. Overall, the report revealed that awareness of the risks faced by travellers in general and female business travellers in particular has never be higher.
The research into travel patterns also shows a consistent trend that women are much more likely to travel alone than men, and this phenomenon is only rising. The Solo Traveler 2018 reader survey showed demographic split of 85,7% of female and 13,7% male solo travellers. Unique Home Stays research results followed similar trends, reporting that in 2017, 84% of its solo travellers were female, and only 16% were male.
Women still being hassled when travelling
Also, during Northcott Global Solutions (NGS) lone female traveller workshops, women have shared their experiences of security related incidents that have occurred during their travel, varying from sexual harassment, intimidation, serious assault and drink spiking. There are many surveys and findings that follow similar results; Quick Take on Travel survey by independent marketing communications agency Eric Mower + Associates asked 400 U.S. women about their perceptions on safety when traveling alone. Two in five women reported that they have experienced sexual harassment whilst on the road alone. When looking at the broader picture of how sexual harassment stands around the globe, UN statistics reveal that 35% of women globally have experienced physical or sexual violence. According to the nonprofit Stop Street Harassment (2016), 64% women have experienced unwanted sexual harassment in public places in the UK. In London, over 95% victims of sexual assault and harassment in taxis and public transport are females.
Statistics tell a complex story, however there are steps we can take to fully embrace the experience travelling brings. Thus SheTravel joins together all our journeys – to learn from each other and to provide a safer tomorrow.
RPS Partnership is proud to support this fantastic project and working closely to promote safe travel for women travellers. Contact us for more information on SheTravel or to find out about Lone Female Traveller workshops on firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: RPS Partnership female consultant working in Syria