Following my post at the end of last year, we have come to a decision. Our research, support and advocacy can’t continue for free. The time is right to formalise by constituting a non-governmental organisation (NGO).
Call for Expressions of Interest
Are you passionate about UK archaeology and equality, diversity and inclusion? Do you think the profession can be better, more versatile and agile? Do you have experience of working across the sector and/or specific skills in negotiating change? We want to hear from you.
British Women Archaeologists was established by Anne Teather and Rachel Pope in 2008. Over twelve years we’ve worked really hard to gather data that reflects the underbelly of the archaeology profession – the gender imbalance in positions of power, widespread sexual harassment, and the lack of retention and promotion of women in archaeology. Despite our efforts to highlight how this is actively impacting on the quality of the profession, there has been little change. We are part of IDEAH*, working together with other advocacy groups on equality and diversity in archaeology, but we feel that efforts under this model will prove unsustainable in the long term. We need a formal structure that can attract funding and sponsorship.
We’re looking for expressions of interest to join us in constituting an NGO, to help us govern and deploy our talents in achieving a better and sustainable profession. We need people (whatever your gender) who are confident with people and grant applications, and who are happy to be both supported and challenged in their thinking. We’re looking to reach a consensus on matters through debate and discussion. We truly believe that we are better together, and can learn from each other in a fast and forward-thinking environment.
What we can offer is dynamic and highly motivated colleagues. The time commitment is likely to be sporadic rather than constant (maybe a couple of weeks a year, more at first), although timeliness will be key. We will need to be able to agree actions and then pull together in the same direction, sometimes at speed.
We are looking to constitute two groups – an advisory group and a board of directors, and we will set this up to be flexible so tenure will be for a set period of time. Again, there isn’t a proforma, and we don’t want that. It needs to reflect who we are. There is no money right now, but we’ll almost certainly primarily work together from our own homes via phone, Skype and email. We’re confident that there will be at least travel expenses in due course but these positions are unlikely ever to be salaried.
Look at Wise https://www.wisecampaign.org.uk/ and The Lighthouse Club https://www.lighthouseclub.org/ to get an idea of the kind of structures and activities we’re looking at. Our blog at https://archaeowomen.wordpress.com/ has some posts and you can also find us on Twitter @archaeowomen
To respond to this expression of interest for the advisory group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a paragraph or two by 31st March 2020. Please do not send full C.V.’s. Please indicate if you are also interested in being on our board.
If you don’t want to be involved in the running of the NGO, but would like to support us, we will absolutely delighted if you’d support us financially by donating to our CrowdFunder https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/british-women-archaeologists-is-changing
*IDEAH (Inclusion, Diversity and Equality in Archaeology and Heritage) comprises of CIfA’s Equality and Diversity Special Interest Group; Trowelblazers; Prospect Archaeologists, The Enabled Archaeology Foundation; BAJR Respect Campaign; Museum Detox; Mentoring Women in Archaeology and Heritage and the Seeing Red Campaign.