Education Key to Mitigating Risks to the Female Business Traveler

Women’s Security eLearning Now Available in the Travel Risk eLearning
Suite from International SOS and Control Risks

  • Almost 30% of the destinations women travel to are rated as having
    “Extreme”, “High”, or “Medium” travel risk.1
  • Women traveling to destinations rated as having “Extreme” or “High”
    travel risk increased 24%.2
  • Female travelers have different risk profiles and considerations to
    those of male travelers.

TREVOSE, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–International SOS and Control Risks launched the latest module in its
travel preparedness suite for business travelers, risk managers and
expatriates. Women’s Security eLearning provides practical
tips and actionable advice for the female traveler.

Fely Bowen, Regional Security Manager for International SOS and Control
Risks, explained:

“Female travelers have different risk profiles and considerations to
those of male travelers. We have found that while women have continued
to rise through the ranks and are travelling more and further than ever
before for their careers, some organizations have been slow to implement
policies and programs to keep up with the unique needs of their changing

An analysis of travel itineraries from International SOS’ TravelTracker
shows a 13% year on year increase of women travelling abroad for
business.1 In addition, women travelers are increasingly
travelling to destinations that are rated as having “High” or “Extreme”
travel risks.

Bowen continues:

“It’s an organization’s duty of care to reduce risks to their employees.
Pre-travel advice and personal security training should be provided to
all employees, regardless of gender, as part of an organization’s travel
risk mitigation program. Unfortunately, the majority of organizations
still do not offer their employees training on how to mitigate risks
while traveling.”

The recently released benchmark study, “Policy in Practice 2015:
Business Travelers” by the Forum for Expatriate Management (FEM)
reported that over half of organizations surveyed do not provide any
personal security training to business travelers.3

International SOS and Control Risks provide a suite of Travel Risk
eLearning modules to help prepare the employee pre-travels. The Women’s
Security eLearning provides information about the most common threats
faced by women travelers, and strategies to mitigate those risks.

For more information on the full Travel Risk eLearning suite of
products, visit




1. International SOS reviewed travel data gathered from itineraries of
travelers between 2012–2014. The data was provided by International SOS
TravelTracker. A trip abroad is defined as the country of arrival
differing from the home country of the traveler.

2. International SOS and Control Risks assign a travel risk rating to
countries based on the threat posed to travelers and expatriates by
political violence (including terrorism, insurgency, politically
motivated unrest and war), social unrest, and violent or petty crime.
Risk ratings range from Extreme, High, Medium, Low, to Insignificant.

3. Download “Policy in Practice 2015: Business Travelers” from
Forum for Expatriate Management (FEM) here:


International SOS
Erin Mitchell