EN - Code of Conduct

This code of conduct establishes the rules of behavior for all people who attend events, sponsor, organize or collaborate in this community in any of its activities.

About Yes We Tech

The Yes We Tech Community is a non-profit feminist association that establishes, according to its current statutes, a safe space for women interested in technology to successfully develop their skills.

Our goals

  1. 1.
    To promote equal opportunities for men and women in the technology sector.
  2. 2.
    To promote the participation and presence of women in political, economic, cultural and social life.
  3. 3.
    To promote an equal educational and professional culture in the technological field where minorities can feel represented and included.
  4. 4.
    To disseminate and make visible the role of women in STEM areas (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) throughout history and today.
  5. 5.
    Awaken the interest of girls and young women in STEM areas.
  6. 6.
    Promote and advocate for the development of inclusive technology products and services that do not discriminate against people on the basis of gender, sex, race, origin, religion, age and/or functional diversity.
  7. 7.
    Promote and encourage the use of open technologies and free software.
  8. 8.
    Support women in the development of their professional careers in the technology sector.

About the Code of Conduct

The Yes We Tech (YWT) Organisation is committed to maintaining a safe and harassment-free environment. Those who join as members accept that they may be asked to cease any behaviour considered harassing and will do so immediately, should it occur.
This code of conduct applies to all persons participating in the YWT Slack and extends to any activity that results from this space or on behalf of this community, both remotely and in person.

Principles

This Code of Conduct aims to ensure that the YWT community is a safe space that promotes the exchange of opinions, experiences and concerns in a safe, respectful, inclusive and productive manner.
We do not want to set guidelines that inhibit communication or make people feel unwelcome. It is the responsibility of every YWT member to foster an open, honest and respectful culture. Therefore, we prefer to offer the following 6 principles on which you can base your behaviour when participating:
  • Practice respect, empathy and humility.
  • Listen carefully and actively when interacting with others.
  • Ask questions and try to understand the context.
  • Assume competence as a way of learning from others.
  • Encourages others to listen to each other as well as participate
  • Prioritise access and input from those who have traditionally been excluded from design, research and technology conversations.

Behaviour NOT accepted

The following actions are against the culture of the YWT Community and will not be accepted by any of its members as harassment or illegal conduct:
  • Verbal or written comments or physical conduct that are objectively offensive and create a hostile environment because of: race, religion, colour, sex (with or without sexual conduct, including pregnancy and sexual orientation involving transgender/gender identity, and sex stereotyping), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, parental status, marital status or political affiliation.
  • Negative or offensive remarks based on:
    • gender expression,
    • accent,
    • mental illness,
    • socioeconomic status or background,
    • neuro(a)typicality,
    • physical appearance, body size, or clothing.
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  • Touching people without their affirmative consent.
  • Consistent or sustained disruption of meetings, talks, or discussions.
  • Intentionally or repeatedly referring to people in a way that rejects the validity of their racial or gender identity; for instance, by using incorrect pronouns or forms of address (misgendering).
  • One-on-one communication or simulated physical contact (e.g. textual descriptions like “hug” or “backrub”) after a request to stop.
  • Publication of non-harassing private communication.
  • Micro-aggressions: small comments or questions, either intentional or unintentional, that marginalize people by communicating hostile, derogatory, or negative beliefs. Examples include:
    • Patronizing language or behavior.
    • Pedantic corrections that don’t contribute to the conversation. For example, correcting someone who says “user testing” when that person clearly meant “usability testing.”
    • Assuming without asking that particular people or groups need concepts defined or explained to them. (It’s great to be sensitive to the fact that people may not be familiar with technical terms you use every day, but assuming that people are uninformed can come across as patronizing.)
    • Assuming that particular groups of people are technically unskilled ("So easy your grandmother could do it.")
    • Repeatedly interrupting or talking over someone else.
    • Feigning surprise at someone’s lack of knowledge or awareness about a topic The use of racially charged language to describe an individual or thing such as "thug" or “ghetto.”
    • Mocking someone’s real or perceived accent or first language.
    • Retaliating against anyone who complains that someone has violated these guidelines.
  • Sharing a work that is under copyright, as it is illegal to copy and distribute a work under these conditions.

Confidentiality

The confidentiality of our community encourages the participation of its members and is therefore one of its fundamental pillars and must not be violated.
As a general guide, we observe the Chatham House Rule: "Participants have the right to use the information they receive, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker, nor of any other participant, may be revealed" (Source: Wikipedia).
In practice: If you want to attribute something in a public forum that was initially said in our Slack - if you want to publish a transcript of a chat, for example - you must seek affirmative consent from everyone who contributed to the material being attributed.

How this works in practice

If you observe an event that makes another person feel unsafe, unwelcome or excluded, or you are a victim of such a situation, contact any of the YWT Association's board members and report it. They will help you decide on the most appropriate course of action to resolve the problem.

Credits

We greatly appreciate the ResearchOps Community Code of Conduct and the UXRES Community Code of Conduct on which we have based these guidelines.
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