Safer Space Policy

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Pixelles is dedicated to providing a harassment-free space for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity + expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, age, language, body size, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, socioeconomic standing, or otherwise. Pixelles does not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Anyone who violates this safer space policy may be sanctioned, expelled, or banned from these spaces at the discretion of the anti-abuse team.

This safer space policy applies to all Pixelles sponsored spaces and programs, including our events, workshops, mentorship (email/in-person/skype/etc), Facebook group, blog, as well as any other spaces that Pixelles hosts, both online and off. The goal of safer spaces is to encourage all participants to work together to prevent or reduce harm, particularly for those who are often the targets of violence and harassment. Oppressive behavior that makes others feel unsafe will not be tolerated.

Such behaviors include, but are not limited to:

  • Offensive, derogatory, threatening, aggressive, or silencing comments (related to gender, gender identity + expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, age, language, body size, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, socioeconomic standing, or otherwise)
  • Violence, intimidation, stalking, or unwanted following of a person
  • Persistent, abusive, and non-constructive criticism with regard to any project(s) any participant may show during an event, space, or program
  • Persistent micro-aggressions in the form of comments, jokes, material, or otherwise
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Disruption of events, programs, or space functionality
  • Inappropriate physical contact without consent
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Sexually demeaning imagery
  • Advocating or encouraging any of the above behavior

Some of Pixelles’ spaces and programs may have additional rules in place, which will be made available to participants. Participants are responsible for knowing and abiding by these rules of our safer space policy.

Reporting

Please do not hesitate to contact us, at any time, if you feel unsafe or you notice another person who feels or is being made to feel unsafe. Being made “unsafe” means that you are experience discomfort, harassment, or for reasons not necessarily listed caused by another individual or group of individuals.

You can contact or report unsafety by:

If need be, we will contact law enforcement, seek out the space’s security employees, provide an escort, translate, call a taxi, or assist you in any other way. Any in-person conversations will be held in confidence. Any reports will be handled privately and will be acted upon with your safety in mind first. An ombudsman is an individual, separate from the organizing committee and directors, who will receive reports privately. This person holds your safety of the utmost regard and, if necessary, will exclude an organizer, coordinator, or volunteer from the enforcement proceedings.

Anonymous reports, unfortunately, cannot be followed up with you directly. However, we will fully investigate and take seriously all anonymous reports. We want you to be happy at our events and spaces. In no way, should you ever feel bad or guilty for reporting an incident. This policies exist for you and for fostering an inclusive space which everyone can enjoy.

Other useful numbers:

Enforcement

If a person engages in harassing behavior, they will be asked to stop and expected to comply immediately. If the person continues to engage in harassing behavior, the organizers/coordinators retain the right to take any actions to keep the event, programs, spaces (online & physical) a welcoming space for everyone. This can include warning the offender or even expulsion, whether temporary or permanent, from Pixelles’ spaces, events, and/or programs.

Organizers/coordinators may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants. In the case of expulsion from a paid event, no refund will be awarded. All reports, anonymous or otherwise, are investigated, discussed, and reviewed by the anti-abuse committee or the on-site organizers before action is taken. Any actions and cases will not be discussed publicly.

Questions, Concerns, Feedback

If you have any questions as to enforcement, review process, reporting process, etc or have a suggestion to improve our safer space policy: info@pixelles.ca

Thank you to Geek Feminism for providing a base safer space policy.



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