Swissôtel Al Ghurair partners with UAE Evolvin’ Women to support women in rural Africa

Swissôtel Al Ghurair partners with UAE Evolvin’ Women to support women in rural Africa
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Published: 7 July 2019 - 10 a.m.
By: Priyanka Praveen
Swissôtel Al Ghurair has partnered with Dubai-based social enterprise Evolvin’ Women to help women from unpriviledged communities in Africa.

The hotel will be offering skills development placements to two women from rural areas in Ghana. According to the property, officials will provide them with training, work experience and one-to-one mentoring for the next two years.

While one of the women will be placed in the F&B department, the other one will work in the talent and culture division.

Swissôtel Al Ghurair will provide both women with vital work experience, practical life-skills training and mentoring conducted by hotel staff and management. Before joining the Evolvin’ Women programme, both women studied for professional hotel qualifications in their home country.

Evolvin’ Women will offer participants the chance to share their skills and knowledge with their communities where they can forge careers and gradually become financially independent.

“By joining Evolvin’ Women’s inspiring skills placement programme we play a key role in improving the long-term prospects of developing areas of Africa, providing women with invaluable training,” said Emiel van Dijk, General Manager, Swissôtel Al Ghurair.

The social enterprise’s programme is also aligned to Accor’s RiiSE initiative, which promotes gender equality through diversity across the organisation globally.

Speaking about the partnership, Assia Riccio, founder of Evolvin’ Women, said: “We are delighted to partner with Swissôtel Al Ghurair and are very fortunate to work with a dedicated team that is passionate about having a positive social impact on the lives of these women and their communities. Unemployed women who join our programme are looking for professional development and the opportunity to make a positive impact in the organisation they join. They will invest the knowledge acquired during their work placement in training their communities and creating sustainable tourism practices in rural areas.”


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