Truth be Told: Safety and Support in the Field (Event) April 1st 2021

This past year leaves us facing new challenges amidst heightened concerns around race, gender, and personal safety. The need for support is greater than ever, and we want to ensure that there is access to the networks and resources that can keep us safe during fieldwork. Join our event April 1st

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Truth be Told: Safety and Support in the Field (Event)

Date & time: 3.00 - 4.30pm (BST) 1 April 2021.

Registration link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcodOyupzsuHtNNFamPsPdpJpAAkVVXxzVg

Organised by postgraduates in the School of Anthropology and Conservation (SAC), University of Kent, the Women in Conservation Canterbury Network, and WildHub

The events of this past year leave us facing new challenges amidst heightened concerns around race, gender, and personal safety. At this time the need for support is greater than ever, and we want to ensure that as researchers and practitioners we have access to the networks and resources that can keep us safe during fieldwork.

The first Truth Be Told workshop last year called for open and honest conversations about Encounters in the Field, the challenges we face during work away from office settings. At that workshop we invited people to share their fieldwork stories. We were overwhelmed by the risks researchers and practitioners in the conservation and social anthropology disciplines face, in particular those that concerned sexual harassment, gender, mental health and trauma. 

This year, when support is even more vital, we have invited a panel of speakers to offer advice, resources and networks that professionals can reach out to. The event also aims to inform the audience of the work being done to confront the challenges mentioned above. 

Jerika Loren Heinze, Fieldwork Initiative (FI)

Jerika is the founder of FI, a support network for those facing trauma, unsafe conditions, or sexual harassment and assault during research fieldwork. FI offers resources and training seminars that shed light on the realities of trauma, racism, and gendered violence in the field.

Laura Thurman, Gendered Safety in Fieldwork

Laura is an anthropologist researching gendered security practices and violence in ethnographic fieldwork. 

Jennifer Palmer - Women For Wildlife

Jennifer is the founder of Women for Wildlife, an international movement to support, empower and unite women in conservation. Please read Jennifer's lessons learned on Women For Wildlife on WildHub.

Trang Nguyen - WildAct Vietnam

Trang is the founder of WildAct Vietnam, a local conservation not-for profit organisation based in Vietnam. In 2019, WildAct started their Empowering Women in Conservation Program with the aim to make the conservation working environment in Vietnam more inclusive, safer and better-equipped to tackle the challenges the country faces. Trang was named a BBC woman of the year 2019, and hopes that through this nomination she can help raise awareness around gender-based violence in wildlife conservation. Read Trang’s program findings thus far on WildHub

After hearing briefly from panellists, the floor will be opened up for attendees to ask questions and join us in discussion. We will also be sharing a digital resource pack, a ‘safety box’ with links to multimedia resources about the issues raised. We encourage attendees to add to this. This event is not only for women. We invite everyone to come, listen and share support. Due to the sensitive and personal information shared, the event will not be recorded. 

Best wishes, stay safe and hope to see you there,

SAC postgrads, Women in Conservation Canterbury Network, and the WildHub community.

Thirza Loffeld

WildHub Community Manager, WildTeam UK

My background is mainly in species conservation, education and capacity development. For several years, I researched mother-young interactions in gorillas and chimpanzees, in captivity and the wild. After that, I worked for three years in Indonesia, where I developed and implemented youth ambassador and community engagement programmes on local and regional scales. These programmes are aimed at building conservation capacity and promoting stewardship. I currently conduct my PhD research on the professional development of conservation professionals and work as Community Manager at WildHub.
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Go to the profile of Kate Leftin
7 months ago

I'm really interested in this, but can not make it at that time. Will there be a recording available? 

Go to the profile of Thirza Loffeld
7 months ago

Hi Kate, Thanks for your question: We've decided to not record the event, due to the sensitive and personal information shared. Stay tuned for any blog updates about this or other events on similar topics!