Gender equality

More Intrepid women

We’re doing what we can to champion gender equality and inclusiveness – through our business, with our people, on our trips and via our not-for-profit, The Intrepid Foundation. We’re committed to increasing employment opportunities for women globally.

Working with women across our business

In parts of the world where societal norms mean tourism is mostly male-dominated, like Morocco and India, we’ve doubled the number of women leading our trips in recent years.

Intrepid has been a signatory of the UN Global Compact Women’s Empowerment Principles since 2017 and we report on our gender progress in our Integrated Annual Report. In 2022, we produced a global pay equity report, which indicated the gender pay gap levels in each location by position grade. We have also introduced flexible working, parental leave and breastfeeding policies.

Dr Etti on a trek with Intrepid
Intrepid women building a brighter future for travel

The way we travel is changing for the better. And more often than not, it’s women who are leading the charge.

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Intrepid Tour leader, Sumi, in Nepal
Meet this leader challenging gender norms in Nepal

Meet the the leader taking on high-altitude treks and proving women can do anything they put their minds to.

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A trio of women smiling at camera in Botswana
A trio of women is shaking up Botswana’s safari scene

This all-women overland crew is redefining adventure one heartwarming campfire tale at a time.

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These are the women changing the face of trekking in Nepal

Supporting women on our trips

Our Women’s Expeditions are all about breaking down barriers, fostering discussion and creating immersive local experiences for women that are ordinarily off limits on our regular trips.  

All of our trips aim to provide women employment opportunities through locally-led experiences – from carpet weaving workshops in Pakistan and Turkey to an artisan jewellery business in Zambia – while also supporting female-owned and operated businesses in our supply chain.

Anneqa, a tour guide in Pakistan
Meet the tour leader forging new paths in Pakistan

Times are changing for female travellers in Pakistan, says local leader Aneeqa – and now is the time to visit.

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Woman standing in the doorways of a temple in India
What it’s like on a Women’s Expedition in India

‘This women-only tour was like no other trip I’ve done. Authentic interaction with locals was just the beginning.’

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Woman weaving hyacinth in Siem Reap, Cambodia
How Siem Reap's hyacinth weavers are changing lives

We sat down with the founder of Cambodian non-profit, Rokhak, to find out how weeds can be used for good.

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Amplifying women’s voices

We know representation matters. That’s why we feature women’s voices and highlight the many achievements of women on our platforms. These actions are guided by our Ethical Marketing Policy – which includes a commitment to working with diverse content creators – and measured with regular reporting. 

Meet Annette, the body positive traveller in the Wadi Rum Desert
Meet Annette, the body positive traveller

Annette is the creator of Fat Girls Traveling and helped us create our very first Ethical Marketing Policy.

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Aria at the pyramids in Egypt
What it’s like to visit Egypt as a transgender traveller

My first trip to the African continent reignited my childlike wonder for the first time in decades.

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Disabled traveller in Turkey watching the balloons over Cappadocia
Morag's disability won’t stop her from seeing the world

A hit and run left Morag dealing with disability. Here's how travel helped her rediscover herself. 

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Backing women via our non-profit

Intrepid’s approach to gender equality is further deepened in the communities we support through The Intrepid Foundation.  A common thread among many of our community partners is their approach to embedding women’s empowerment across their operations – from supporting girls' education in Morrocco to providing employment opportunities in Nepal.

We invest in organisations that put gender equality at the core of their operations and understand that the key to creating real, meaningful change requires women’s voices, engagement and leadership.  

Semeri, a teacher in Kenya
Meet the woman changing the lives in Kenya

Intrepid Foundation partner, Patinaai Osim, is working to break the cycle of inequality for the next generation. 

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Two young girls at a school in Morocco
Giving girls in Morocco a good education

In a region where over 80% of women are illiterate, Education For All creates brighter futures for young women.

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Leitah, a member of the worlds first all-female anti-poaching unit in Kenya
Meet the world’s first all-female anti-poaching unit

These women are deterring poachers and inspiring a new generation of wildlife warriors while they’re at it.

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