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The education sector is leading the way in educating its female business travellers in the risks they may encounter due to legal and cultural restrictions.

In a recent survey conducted across eleven universities, Maiden Voyage found that 28% of women suffered a negative incident while travelling. These incidents included sexual harassment from field research staff and local taxi drivers, blackmail, molestation, having unsolicited photographs taken, up-skirting, and even being offered money for sex.

As a result, several universities including the University of The West of Scotland (UWS) and Leeds Beckett have implemented safeguarding solutions from Maiden Voyage.

Andrew Disbury, Vice Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) from UWS said, “With almost 1,500 staff and Global Engagement one of our three clear thematic aspirations, we are very aware of our obligations to support our diverse traveller community and felt that Maiden-Voyage provided the most appropriate and cost-effective solution to help us meet our duty of care responsibilities towards our female travellers.”

“We have seen explosive growth amongst the academic sector, beyond all other sectors, when looking to provide the most appropriate pre-travel support to their Female and LGBTQ travellers,” said Carolyn Pearson, founder and CEO of Maiden Voyage.

Solutions adopted by the education sector include intensive classroom workshops, eLearning, an online platform through which academics can connect whilst travelling away from their base, a series of traveller wellbeing webinars as well as access to a database of female-friendly hotels.

About Maiden-voyage.com

Maiden-voyage.com is the global specialist in the female business travel market. With over 12000 members and over 80 local ambassadors, Maiden Voyage provides organisations with duty of care solutions and training to support their female business travellers. In 2011 Maiden Voyage, with the help of its community, set the global standard for female-friendly hotels which drives the contracting decision for both employers and travel management companies alike. Maiden Voyage works with clients from all sectors, including tech, pharma, mining, recruitment, and oil and gas to name but a few.

Press Contact: Carolyn Pearson, carolyn@maiden-voyage.com Tel +44 113 314 9000

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About Maiden Voyage

Maiden Voyage, the world’s only specialist network for female business travellers. Launched in 2008 to connect female business travellers, Maiden Voyage has set the global standard for ‘Female Friendly Hotels’ and has become the go-to resource for all things female business traveller related. Maiden Voyage has both individual and corporate members in over 80 countries and a team of global ambassadors to support inbound female business travellers by providing female specific travel safety advice and female business traveller safety training.

Having won numerous awards, Maiden Voyage has been widely featured in the international press including the Economist, the Mintel Report, the New York Times, CNN, BBC and the Guardian.