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With over 50% of women workforce gender equality still a myth in hospitality sector

n a world that celebrates progress and innovation, one industry continues to grapple with a persistent challenge: achieving true gender equality. The hospitality sector, despite its vibrant aura and dynamic appeal, remains an arena where gender disparities cast a shadow over the progress made by remarkable women. As we commemorate Women’s Equality Day, it’s time […]

n a world that celebrates progress and innovation, one industry continues to grapple with a persistent challenge: achieving true gender equality. The hospitality sector, despite its vibrant aura and dynamic appeal, remains an arena where gender disparities cast a shadow over the progress made by remarkable women. As we commemorate Women’s Equality Day, it’s time to shed light on a topic that deserves attention, not just within the hospitality industry, but across society as a whole.
In an industry historically dominated by men, my entry into the world of hospitality was not just about embracing a career; it was about challenging the norms and proving that gender should never determine one’s potential. The journey began alongside my husband’s visionary dream of establishing an unparalleled Indian hospitality brand. Little did I know that this shared aspiration would become the foundation for rewriting the script of women’s leadership in the hospitality landscape. With nearly three decades of experience in the hospitality sector, I’ve poured my heart and soul into an industry that beckons innovation, with unwavering dedication to making Noormahal Palace Hotel a sought-after wedding destination in India.
While we celebrate the successes of women trailblazers, we cannot overlook the persistent gender disparities that continue to mar the hospitality sector’s growth. Astonishingly, women constitute more than 50% of the hospitality workforce, yet women in leadership roles remain a rarity. There’s a big difference when it comes to how women are treated in higher positions at work. This includes their job title, salary, responsibilities, and how they move forward in their careers. As women go up the career ladder, fewer of them reach the top job of CEO, with only around 5% making it there. This glaring lack of representation at the helm calls for a concerted effort to dismantle the gender-related barriers that thwart progress.
Through my journey, I have become acutely aware of the hurdles that women in our industry face. It’s essential to recognize that the path to gender equality isn’t easy. Nevertheless, dedication and resilience can lead to success. Besides my role at Noormahal Palace Hotel, my efforts have encompassed transforming the property into a repository of art and culture, a testament to India’s rich heritage.
To pave the way for a balanced hospitality sector, we need initiatives that provide women with equal opportunities, professional growth avenues, and leadership roles. Mentorship programs, skill enhancement, and robust support networks can empower women to ascend the ranks and contribute to the industry’s progress. We must also advocate for gender parity on leadership boards, wage transparency, and equitable policies to propel change and ensure that competence is the sole criteria for rewards, irrespective of gender.
In the course of my career, I’ve come to realize that true empowerment is not only about ascending the career ladder but also about creating an environment where every woman’s contribution is acknowledged and valued. Gender equality is not merely a catchphrase; it’s a fundamental value that underpins progress and innovation.

Binny Choudhary, Managing Director, Jewels Classic Hotels Private Limited

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