Last updated on August 15th, 2022
Putting women’s safety at the forefront
Women’s travel leaders JourneyWoman™ and Girls’ Guide to Paris today announced that Match Group, a leading provider of digital technologies designed to help people make meaningful connections, is the presenting sponsor for its inaugural Women’s Travel Wisdom” wellness and travel retreat-style vent.
Timed for October 2022, Women’s Travel Wisdom is a unique five-day event in Northern California that brings together a curated group of influential wellness experts, entrepreneurs, activists, authors and travelers.
“Our vision for this retreat is to help women with a shared interest in travel rediscover their sense of purpose and empower women to create positive change through our actions,” said Carolyn Ray, CEO, JourneyWoman, who is co-hosting the event, alongside Girls’ Guide to Paris CEO Doni Belau. “We’re thrilled to partner with Match Group and excited to have such a well-known advocate for women’s safety and human rights with Tracey Breeden joining us as a speaker, bringing women’s physical and online safety to the forefront.”
In her role at Match Group, Breeden leads global Trust & Safety Product, Operations, Moderation & Care, Law Enforcement Investigations and Social Advocacy Strategy and Safety efforts across 15+ brands. Prior to this, she was Uber’s first Head of Women’s Safety, where she created Uber’s Global Women’s Safety & Gender-Based Violence Programs Team—the first global team dedicated to the safety of women and other vulnerable populations at Uber.
“This retreat goes beyond travel; it’s really about the power of women collectively working together in service to others,” said Tracey Breeden, VP, Head of Safety and Social Advocacy, Match Group. “Now, more than ever, women, employees, corporations, and communities can be a force for upholding human rights and the greater good. When we take away the rights and safety of the underrepresented (women, people of color and the LGBTQ community), we are creating unsafe spaces for all that are not free from harm.”
Data shows online harassment is intensifying
According to a Pew Research, The State of Online Harassment survey of U.S adults in September 2021:
- 41% of Americans have personally experienced some form of online harassment in at least one of the six key ways that were measured
- Growing shares of Americans report experiencing more severe forms of harassment, which encompasses physical threats, stalking, sexual harassment and sustained harassment
- Women are more likely than men to report being sexually harassed online (16% vs. 5%) or stalked (13% vs. 9%)
- 73% of women are abused online worldwide, according to the UN Broadband Commission’s 2015 report. More than half (52%) of the women polled disagree with this statement: “The Internet is a safe place to express my opinions.”
According to the JourneyWoman Safety Survey (of 350 women, almost 90% of respondents age 55 and over) in Spring 2021:
- 12% of women have been physically attacked or threatened while travelling;
- Of these, 38% were able to defend themselves; 16% had help from another person and 13% were not able to defend themselves;
- 88% of women say they were somewhat threatened or felt unsafe while travelling;
- 97% do not feel they have the physical skills to defend themselves; and
- Many more raised concerns about feeling increasingly vulnerable due to their age or mobility.
Women’s safety advocate Tracey Breeden shares how women can protect themselves against online harassment, which data shows is intensifying.
About Match Group
Match Group (NASDAQ: MTCH), through its portfolio companies, is a leading provider of digital technologies designed to help people make meaningful connections. Our global portfolio of brands includes Tinder®, Match®, Meetic®, OkCupid®, Hinge®, Pairs™, PlentyOfFish®, OurTime®, Azar®, Hakuna Live™, and more, each built to increase our users’ likelihood of connecting with others. Through our trusted brands, we provide tailored services to meet the varying preferences of our users. Our services are available in over 40 languages to our users all over the world.
About The Organizers
Founded in 1994, JourneyWoman™ is the world’s first and largest women’s solo travel publication, inspiring women to travel safely and well for almost 30 years through its editorial and Women’s Travel Directory, which features women-friendly travel businesses in over 120 countries. Girls’ Guide to Paris & Beyond, established in 2009, is one of the largest women’s-only tour operators, offering unique trips for small groups to over 25 countries.
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