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Events Code of Conduct

Please Read this Events Code of Conduct. By seeking to attend or attending an event in any capacity (general attendee, sponsor, exhibitor, media, partner, staff, or employee), you agree to abide by this Code at all WomANZ official and related unofficial social events, and to cooperate with the event organizers.

Purpose

WomANZ believes our community should be truly open and supportive place. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, or religion.

This Events Code of Conduct outlines our expectations for event participants’ behavior as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior. If you find yourself asking whether or not you’re crossing the line, chances are you shouldn’t do it.

Expected Behavior
  • Be considerate, respectful, and cooperative.
  • Many event venues are shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these venues.
  • Respect the rules and instructions of the venue and venue staff.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert event organisers’ on-site staff if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.
Unacceptable Behavior & Prohibitions
  • Possession of weapons.
  • Possession of any illegal substance or illegal drugs.
  • Possession of alcohol in any open cans, bottles or other receptacles, except in areas specifically designated for consumption of alcohol and as allowed by the event and venue rules. Please drink responsibly.
  • Violence, threats of violence, or violent language.
  • Inappropriate or unwelcome physical contact.
  • Inappropriate or unwelcome sexual attention. This includes sexualised comments or jokes, touching, groping, and sexual advances.
  • Inappropriate or unwelcome photography, recording, or live-streaming.
  • Intimidation, threats, stalking, following, or creating any apprehension in other attendees.
  • Activity that may endanger life or lead to physical harm to yourself or others.
  • Sustained disruption of or annoyance to talks, presentations, or events.
  • Disturbing the peace.
  • Discriminatory or offensive language or materials, especially related to gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, or disability.
  • Any intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, offensive, boisterous, derogatory or demeaning language or conduct.
  • Any lewd or obscene language or conduct, including sexually explicit or offensive language or materials or obscene gestures.
  • Failure to obey any rules or regulations of event venues.
  • Committing any unlawful act.
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
Guidelines for Streaming, Photography, and Recorded Video

Unless otherwise indicated by clear signage or prior approval by WomANZ, livestreaming on any platform in during events or meet ups is prohibited. Our events are intended to be serve as safe spots for community members, staff, and event attendees to interact and hold private conversations, and your respect of these areas is appreciated. To record video, take photos, or for vlogging (which are allowed), please be considerate of others, get permission from those who may be included in your content, and stop filming if asked. Violation of this policy by WomANZ members will be treated as a violation of our Community Guidelines.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Event organisers and WomANZ admin enforcing this Code may, at their discretion, take any action they deem appropriate, including asking an attendee to stop unacceptable behavior, reporting the attendee to security, or expelling the attendee from the event without a warning or refund (including no refunds of sponsorship contributions). Attendees are expected to comply immediately with requests from the event organizers or WomANZ admin. Attendees who violate this Code may be prohibited from participating in future events. All determinations of unacceptable behavior are in the event organisers’ discretion, and decision(s) of the event organisers’ on-site staff are final.

WomANZ also reserves the right to remove any members account from the community at any time for any conduct at an event that we determine to be inappropriate or harmful.

If You Witness or Are Subject to Unacceptable Behavior

If you are subject to unacceptable behavior, notice that someone else is being subject to unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify the event organizers, security or WomANZ admin.

Designated WomANZ staff will be available during events to help contact security or local law enforcement, or to otherwise assist those experiencing unacceptable behavior. You may report unacceptable behavior to any designated WomANZ staff, or you may reach them via the contact information provided below.

Please note that professional security is onsite at all times and is available if needed.

WomANZ Admin Team Contact Information

For all incidents please alert: hello@womanz.com.au

Photography Policy

We encourage attendees to take and share their own photographs. We also will be documenting the event to share pictures with others and post those materials on our group’s social media accounts. Anyone (including the event organizers) taking photos is expected to follow this policy.

Photography should be treated like other potentially harassing interpersonal interaction. If an individual says “stop” or “leave me alone”, the interaction must end. And, moreover, attendees should not attempt to photograph that individual again. Photographers should use judgment and be considerate of the people in their photographs, especially if photographing individuals with whom they are not personally acquainted.

Traveling to and from WomANZ events
We want everyone attending our meet ups to be safe! So if you’re traveling a long distance to attend a WomANZ event here are a few safety tips.

Travel Safety Suggestions
  • Only share your travel plans, including accommodation details, with people you trust
  • Don’t hitch hike
  • Try not to travel at night
  • Avoid ‘seedier’ areas of the cities you visit, especially at night
  • Ask your Geo’s for advice on ‘safe’ versus ‘unsafe’ local areas
  • Always make sure your phone is charged with your emergency contacts ready
  • Avoid incidents such as fights, or public disturbances at all times
Transport Safety Suggestions:
  • Don’t share taxis with strangers.
  • Try not to catch taxis from a quiet street(we recommend using the Sheba app for safe travel)
  • Avoid walking home at night alone
Where to get help
  • If you’re feeling worrried about traveling reach out to someone you can trust
  • If you are in danger call 000 Things to remember
  • Always plan your journey! You can never be to prepared
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