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The key goals of Women in Foreign Policy (WiFP) is to change the make-up of the foreign policy workforce at large. This means more women, people of colour, people with disabilities as well as people who don’t come from a “standard” foreign-policy background.

One of the key stops to these people entering foreign policy is the over reliance of the industry, from the NGOs to the newsrooms, on free or poorly-paid labour. So when I launched WiFP, I refused to hire interns.

But three years in, I am facing a dilemma. To keep WiFP strong, we need to publish content and put on events. Creating that content takes time, a lot of it I undertake myself. While I am working on that content, I can’t work on getting sponsorships for WiFP, which means that I am not securing a way to hire paid people for WiFP.

The other thing is that WiFP so far, in purely money terms (so not equating the time I spend on it with £), has cost me about £10,000 in three years. Which is both very little, considering how many women it’s helped, and a lot, considering this money comes from the salary from my full time job.

I am currently recruiting volunteers to help develop Women in Foreign Policy, so that I can get to a point where I can pay the people who work for the website.