Women in Geospatial+ aims to be inclusive of the largest number of community members, with the most varied and diverse backgrounds possible. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and religion (or lack thereof).
This Code of Conduct outlines our expectations for all those who participate in our community (whether online, in-person at events or during one-on-one communication related to Women in Geospatial+ business), as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.
We invite all those who participate in our events to help us create safe and positive experiences for everyone.
A supplemental goal of this Code of Conduct is to increase network citizenship by encouraging participants to recognize and strengthen the relationships between our actions and their effects on our community.
Communities mirror the societies in which they exist and positive action is essential to counteract the many forms of inequality and abuses of power that exist in society.
If you see someone who is making an extra effort to ensure our community is welcoming, friendly, and encourages all participants to contribute to the fullest extent, we want to know.
- Participate in an authentic and active way. In doing so, you contribute to the health and longevity of this community.
- Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
- Attempt collaboration before conflict.
- Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.
- Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert community leaders if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Code of Conduct, even if they seem inconsequential.
Unacceptable behaviors include: intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning speech or actions by any participant in our online community, at all related events and in one-on-one communications carried out in the context of community business. Community event venues may be shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.
Harassment includes: harmful or prejudicial verbal or written comments related to age, body size, disability, ethnicity, sex characteristics, gender identity and expression, level of experience, education, socio-economic status, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images (including presentation slides); inappropriate depictions of violence (including presentation slides); deliberate intimidation, stalking or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
Consequences of unacceptable behavior
Unacceptable behavior from any community member (guests, sponsors and contributors, paid or otherwise), will not be tolerated. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.
If a community member engages in unacceptable behavior, the community facilitators and event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including a temporary ban or permanent expulsion from the community without warning (and without refund in the case of a paid event).
If you witness or are subject to unacceptable behavior
If you are subject to or witness unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify a community facilitator or event organizer as soon as possible. You can find a list of the community facilitators to contact at the bottom of this page.
Additionally, community facilitators are available to help community members engage with local law enforcement or to otherwise help those experiencing unacceptable behavior feel safe. In the context of in-person events, organizers will also provide escorts as desired by the person experiencing distress.
If you feel you have been falsely or unfairly accused of violating this Code of Conduct, you should notify one of the community facilitators / event organizers with a concise description of your grievance. Your grievance will be handled in accordance with our existing policies.
We expect all community participants (including contributors, paid or otherwise; sponsors; and other guests) to abide by this Code of Conduct in all community venues—online and in-person—as well as in all one-on-one communications pertaining to community business.
Community Facilitators and contact:
- Olive Powell, Sabrina Szeto, Julia Wagemann
- Email: directors[at]womeningeospatial.org
License and attribution
This Code of Conduct was adapted from the Berlin Code of Conduct and Contributor Covenant. This document is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) licence.
Last updated on 17 January 2022
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