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CODE OF
CONDUCT

All organisers, speakers, sponsors, volunteers and attendees at any Women Techmakers Belfast (‘WTM Belfast’) event are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Committee members will enforce this code throughout all events and communications.


1. Introduction
Women Techmakers Belfast is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), job role, or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any event venue, including talks, workshops, receptions, Twitter or any other online media. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from any event without a refund at the discretion of the group organisers or venue hosts.


2. Google Event Guidelines 
Women Techmakers Belfast is an inclusive event and will follow the Google Event Community Guidelines and Anti-Harassment Policy which can be found here: https://www.google.com/events/policy/anti-harassmentpolicy.html


3. Behaviour
Any harassment of any participant will not be tolerated. Harassment includes but is not limited to: offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, job role or technology choices; Sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour is also unacceptable. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Sponsors and event partners are also subject to the anti-harassment policy.

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the event organisers will take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event without a refund. Repeated or severe occurrences of harassing behaviour may lead the participant to be banned from future events. We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related social activities.



4. Raising Concerns
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, feel unsafe or unwelcome or have any other concerns, please contact an organiser, committee member or venue host as soon as possible, either directly in person or online at wtmbelfast@gmail.com or on @WTMBelfast. All WTM Conferences organisers can be identified by WTM branded t-shirts.
Organisers will be happy to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of an event. We value your attendance.

If you would prefer to make an anonymous report you can do so using the google form
here. Please note that we will be unable to follow up an anonymous report directly, but we will fully investigate it and take whatever action is necessary to prevent a recurrence.


5. Photography Policy
Our events will have various photographers and videographers present for visual documentation of the event. Pictures and videos will be published on Women Techmakers websites and social media channels and may be shared with external organisations such as media partners for press releases.

For our conference we will provide coloured lanyards for attendees to indicate their consent with appearing in pictures and videos published. Wear a black lanyard strap if you are fine to appear in published materials or wear a yellow lanyard strap if you would prefer not to be included in published pictures.

If you are attending a WTM Belfast event that does not have lanyards and do not want to be included in photographs and videos please communicate this to event organisers and the photographers and videographers.

We brief our conference photographers and videographers to be careful about avoiding photographing in the direction of people wearing yellow lanyards. However, please note that this is not always feasible due to the crowded and busy environment of our event.
If after the event you find a published picture of yourself that you’d like to have removed, please let us know at
wtmbelfast@gmail.com or @WTMBelfast.

During the events we may invite everyone to specific areas to take group photos. If you don’t want to be in this picture, please do not join the group for the photo. The yellow lanyard policy is not applicable in these photos. 

Please respect other people’s privacy, boundaries and choice about their willingness to be in pictures. In case of any doubt, please ask before taking photographs of anyone.

In the event that people with a yellow lanyard accidentally end up in your pictures, we ask you to unpublish and remove their picture immediately. This also applies if anyone (wearing a yellow lanyard or not) states their disagreement of having their picture taken and/or published. 


6. Comments and Complaints
Comments, concerns, questions and complaints are welcome and encouraged and should be addressed to wtmbelfast@gmail.com or alternatively, contact us on twitter at @WTMBelfast.


WTM Belfast code of conduct is based on JS Conf EU and WIT Belfast.