Challenges Faced by Women in Progressing Their Career in the Tourism Industry in Maldives


  • Nooraneda Mutalip Laidey School of Business, Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Aishath Imthinan Housing Development Corporation, Hulhumale, Maldives



Career Progression, Gender Roles, Societal Perception, Tourism Environment


This research conducted in the Maldives highlights the challenges faced by local women in advancing their careers in the tourism industry. It reveals disparities in labour force participation and salaries between men and women, emphasizing societal views and obstacles hindering women's progression. Through qualitative methods and interviews with local women, this research identifies socio-cultural perceptions, work environment, skills, training, mentorship, and work-life balance as key barriers. Recommendations include shifting perspectives, implementing inclusive policies, ensuring safety, and increasing women's representation in decision-making roles to enhance women’s participation in the tourism sector. This research contributes to the limited literature on women's career challenges.


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How to Cite

Laidey, N. M., & Imthinan , A. (2024). Challenges Faced by Women in Progressing Their Career in the Tourism Industry in Maldives. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 9(29), 79–85.



Tourism, Hospitality Environment