Here to champion and promote equality and diversity in the heritage industry
Proposed Individual Actions – Table discussions
Zero tolerance to sexism and discrimination – Actively challenge situations when they arise at once
Considerable personal responsibility to challenge discriminatory behaviour.
Challenge and don’t engage in ‘machismo’, bragging, etc., especially personal pride in low-level injuries, ‘war stories’, etc.
Ensure the debate continues beyond the scope of the workshop, which is a specific place and time set for discussing these issues. The debate needs to become enshrined in normal working practice.
A responsibility to self-educate, particularly where we want to challenge inequalities or discrimination against others and may not fully understand the complexity of those issues.
Open dialogue with equality and diversity organisations, groups and individuals if you’re unsure of something – don’t just try to bluff your way or assume common approaches.
Share and speak out
Have the confidence to ‘name and shame’ where discrimination is institutionalised within an organisation. This crosses all three areas of responsibility given that it is reliant on a support structure for ‘whistle-blowers’ and a confidence in the robustness of that structure.
Support from those who may not experience any or as much direct discrimination. Picking up on Alan’s point about ‘straight allies’.
Give time to support the issues of equality and diversity.
Realise that your own experience is not necessarily that of others – show empathy (e.g. the ‘I’ve never experienced harassment’ problem)
Look out for each other
Be aware and raise awareness
Actively avoid biased/loaded language of any kind (is there an online resource for such things already? If not, perhaps we could produce one?)
Tea hut banter – need to be aware of potential to offend
Credit and congratulate others for their equality and diversity contributions – celebrate and promote!
Give recognition to colleagues and helpers
Be a clear and demonstrable ally for equality and diversity (especially inside organisations volunteer to be an equality and diversity champion?)