EVE was very much in evidence at IATEFL in April 2019!
We had two main events which we describe below: firstly, the awards for EVEs of the Year, and secondly, Sue’s workshop outlining the gains made in 2018 and our plans for the future.
Part One: EVEs of the Year
Starting with EVEs of the Year, on Wednesday 3rd April, we gave out our very first awards!
The idea behind these awards is to recognise organisations and people who have made a significant contribution to our cause over the past year. They are chosen from the entire year’s calendar (see https://evecalendar.wordpress.com/eve-calendar-2018/). We had originally intended to give out three awards, but in the event, we chose six organisations who had gone above and beyond. We also chose five individuals who had really helped us with our take-off.
Winners were invited to the Pilgrims stand in the Exhibition Centre, which Jim Wright kindly allowed us to take over for half an hour.
EVE of the Year certificates were given to:
- JALT Sendai
Why did they receive an EVE of the year? Japan is a difficult context for gender parity and it’s good to see men organising an event there that achieves gender parity.
- The 17th Regent’s University London & Trinity College London, 3rd Future of English Language Teaching Conference, London, UK.
Why did they receive an EVE of the year? This conference had issues achieving parity in 2017 and received a lot of criticism. They reacted positively to the criticism they got, learned a lot and managed to achieve gender parity.
- EFL Talks
Why did they receive an EVE of the year? EFL Talks achieved L1/L2 parity across a huge number of talks and in a commemorative event in which all speakers women, although organised by an L1 man.
- IATEFL Chile XV International Conference, Santiago, Chile
Why did they receive an EVE of the year? IATEFL Chile was awarded a special award for L1/L2 parity and also for sourcing most of their speakers from the region rather than flying several overseas experts in, thus supporting and valuing local professionals.
- IATEFL Brighton 2018 and its SIGs. We also issued a number of EVEs to the SIGs, as you can see from the 2018 calendar.
Why did they receive an EVE of the year? For its long-term dedication to diversity, inclusion, its line-up of plenary speakers, and its SIGs, many of which also were recognised with EVEs. We recognise that IATEFL has been a standard-bearer for equality and diversity.
- TESOL Spain
Why did they receive an EVE of the year? Apart from their line-up, TESOL Spain have a written policy against discrimination on their website stating their rejection of the native speaker only job adverts that are common in our profession. It’s been there a while and is cutting edge in that respect. http://www.tesol-spain.org/en/
EVE of the Year certificates were also given to the following individuals (in alphabetical order):
- David Valente – for being an IATEFL fireball, and a tireless supporter on social media.
- Gabriel Diaz Maggioli – for his general stance towards all-male panels, his nagging conference organisers and his general support.
Dobson – for being really on the ball re referring conferences to us, for
badgering organisers in Spain, and for spreading the word.
- Marjorie Rosenberg – for being the main reason IATEFL got involved and being key to EVE making a significant impact.
Mehran – for being a tireless supporter and promoter, especially on social
Here are some photos of the awards event:
Gabriel Diaz Maggioli receives his EVE of the Year certificate
Sarah Mount receiving an EVE of the Year on behalf of IATEFL 2018
Birgit Stortmann of TESOL Spain
TESOL Spain’s certificate
Part Two: Equal Voices in ELT Expanding our Horizons (IATEFL Workshop)
Despite being scheduled in the very last time slot of the conference before the closing plenary, my workshop was well-attended, with participants from India, Mexico, Iran, Uruguay, South Africa, Australia, the US, Japan, Greece, Morocco and the UK!
To start off, I described what EVE is and what it does. I noted the importance of The Fair List, TEFL Equity Advocates, Women in ELT and Silvana Richardson’s 2016 IATEFL Plenary ‘The Native Factor: the haves and the have nots’ in inspiring and informing EVE.
I then gave an overview of EVE’s first year. With almost 40 events in 14 countries, the year was busy and fruitful. I showed a slide of the countries where conferences were awarded EVEs, and participants were invited to see if their own country was represented.
I underlined how supportive the ELT community has been in the last year. EVE now has 200 individual ‘friends’ on its website, and a number of organisational supporters, such as Pilgrims.
Participants were asked to discuss their own contexts in groups, and to talk about issues of parity. They talked about the steps that they could take individually to improve the situation. A number of interesting points came out of the discussions. A delegate from Iran, for example, said that in scientific conferences in Iran, women were much better represented in plenary line-ups.
I then went on to talk about EVE’s plans for the next year, which include more outreach to countries not yet represented, more Tweetchats, EVEs of the Year, and developing our blog.
I finished off by talking about how the participants could help EVE. Ideas included talking about EVE to their colleagues, following EVE on Facebook and Twitter, becoming a friend, writing a blog about their context and supporting EVE with a badge on their website. I also told the participants how EVE can help them in their efforts to achieve equality: by sharing a list of women/L2 plenary speakers, by publicising their efforts, and providing a list of mentors for women speakers. I stressed the fact that EVE is always happy to hear from people trying to work for equality in conference line-ups, and to give any advice we can.