Now Playing: Respect & Consideration at a "Safe Space Events"
Topic: CIVIL RIGHTS
Creating a “Safer Space Event”
Z3 Readers ... this page was gleaned from this link below, a few spelling corrections and a couple word-changes were added/changed by myself.
Safer spaces are welcoming, engaging and supportive.
We want this conference/event to be a space where people support each other and can feel free to be themselves.
We want this to be a place where abuse and discrimination is not tolerated.
We hope that everyone at this event is made aware of the idea of 'safer spaces' and that you are proactive in helping make this a safer space too.
People attending this conference are asked to be aware of their language and behavior, and to think about whether it might be offensive to others.
This is no space for violence, for touching people without their consent, for being intolerant of someone's religious beliefs or lack thereof, for being creepy, sleazy, racist, ageist, sexist, hetero-sexist, trans-phobic, able-bodiest, classist, sizist or any other behavior or language that may perpetuate oppression.
What we need to do to create a safer space:
· respect people's physical and emotional boundaries
· always get explicit verbal consent before touching someone or crossing boundaries
· respect people's opinions, beliefs, differing states of being and differing points of view
· be responsible for your own action. Be aware that your actions do have an effect on others despite what your intentions may be
· take responsibility for your own safety and get help if you need it
· look out for kids and animals at all times and try not to leave anything around that could endanger them or other adults
· the conference/event space and all workshops are alcohol, nicotine and drug-free until the evening Any group or individual engaging in violence (including sexual violence and harassment) within the conference/event will automatically be excluding themselves. The conference/event organizers will be asking them to leave immediately.
Need some assistance?
If you experience or witness any behavior that crosses your boundaries or makes you feel uncomfortable or if you are feeling like you would like to talk to someone anonymously about anything please feel free to talk to one of the event organizers.
There may be conflict in the time that we are at this conference/event and the organizers have designed a basic process for dealing with this, based around the principle that a resolution deemed positive to all parties involved should always be sought first.
Any conflict arising in the safe space that at least one party feels cannot be resolved without some help, should seek the assistance of one or more of the organizer crew.
If the conflict cannot be resolved with them it may be taken to the whole conference/event to make a final decision on what action needs to be taken.