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Community tourism and gender: the incorporation of women into the tourism project of El Ejido El Rosario, Ocampo, Mexico

Rodríguez, G., Vizcarra, I.

Short title: Community tourism and gender: Project El Rosario, Mexico

The objective of this study was to understand the participation of women in the community based touristic project of El Rosario, Michoacán, Mexico, located within the protected natural area of the Biosphere Reserve of the Monarch Butterfly, as well as knowing how women distribute the benefits from their participation. The study was carried out between 2013 and 2014, using qualitative (17 semistructured interviews and participating observation) and quantitative techniques (descriptive statistics from 20 questionnaires). Women participate in most of the operational activities of the project, except those which are assigned exclusively to men, such as guiding the visitors on horse rides. The direction Committee of the project follows the rules of the Ejido Assembly, hence women do not participate in decision making. However, they have certain freedom to use the income obtained. It is concluded that community based projects must be designed with a gender perspective in order to be successful, if not, they will only reinforce the existing inequalities.

Rodríguez, G.  Profesora de la Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Centro Universitario UAEM Texcoco. grodriguezm17@hotmail.com

Vizcarra, I. Investigadora del Instituto de Ciencias Agropecuarias y Rurales de la Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México.

Spanish Journal of Rural Development, Vol. VI (Special 1): 55-70, 2015
Copyright © 2015 Ignacio J. Díaz-Maroto Hidalgo
DOI: 10.5261/2015.ESP1.05