NEW DELHI, June 11 (Agencies): The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Monday partnered with hospitality company Airbnb to create livelihood opportunities for women in the northeast region as a step towards their empowerment.
The partnership under NCW’s capacity building cell – an initiative to focus on skill development-oriented programmes, will be initially started in three states – Meghalaya, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh – on a pilot basis.
According to NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma, the state commissions will initially choose 10 women from these three states who will be given training on how to start a homestay, get financial assistance from banks, generate technology-enabled livelihood opportunities in tourism and hospitality and other skill oriented initiatives.
The trained staff will later teach other women and their homestays will be featured on the web-page of Airbnb.
“It will also promote digital inclusion and the creation of women-led tourism and hospitality enterprises, thereby paving the way for their economic and social empowerment. With this inclusive development, we hope to together provide women in the Northeastern states a platform to become micro-entrepreneurs,” said Sharma.
Chris Lehane, global head of Policy, Airbnb said: “India’s northeast, with its immense tourism potential, is a priority market for Airbnb and we are very excited about the partnership with the NCW”.
He said it has partnered with the National Commission for Women to create livelihood opportunities for women in Northeastern states.
“The partnership aims to generate technology-enabled livelihood opportunities in tourism and hospitality for women micro-entrepreneurs in the North East, and help families supplement their income through home-sharing on a global platform,” Airbnb and National Commission for Women (NCW) said in a joint statement.
It will also promote digital inclusion and the creation of women-led tourism and hospitality enterprises, they added.
The NCW chairperson (I/C) Rekha Sharma said, “We are pleased to partner with Airbnb to promote the interests and economic development of women in the North East region through creation of livelihood opportunities.”
The objective is to enable financial empowerment of women and contribute to the overall development of local communities in the region, she added.
As per the agreement, NCW and Airbnb will work towards expansion of homestay tourism facility in rural homes in the North Eastern states through Women Commissions/State Governments, the statement said.
It also encapsulates training of potential women micro-entrepreneurs on hosting standards and building a strong host community in the Northeast. The partnership will also work to promote such homes to a domestic and global audience, statement added.