Safer Space Policy
“A safer space is a supportive, non-threatening environment that encourages open-mindedness, respect, a willingness to learn from others, as well as physical and mental safety. It is a space that is critical of the power structures that affect our everyday lives. Everyone who enters a safer space has a responsibility to uphold the values of the space.” – 2015 Golden West Music Festival.
The organisers of this event are committed to providing a safe and harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, size, race, or religion.
We will not tolerate harassment. Organisers and Safer spacers will be available at all times to ensure that the event is as safe and accessible as possible.
Being non-racist, non-sexist, non-homophobic is not enough. We believe we must be actively anti all forms of oppression. While we cannot guarantee such an environment, we hope that this policy will help people to feel comfortable to approach us with any concerns and to understand what their role is in creating a safer space.
Please be aware at all times of power. Abusive situations are often created when people are unaware of the power they have in a relationship or situation. Don’t assume everyone feels as comfortable as you do, or is completely able to inform you if you are saying and doing hurtful things.
Guidelines for all participants:
Contribute to making this event enjoyable. Look out for each other. Respect the physical, emotional, and mental boundaries and the safety of all people.
People who are unwilling to discuss and correct their harmful behaviour will be immediately excluded from the event with no exceptions.
As an participants of this event, we ask that you take responsibility for your behaviour and understand the ways in which it can affect others. We value freedom of expression, but not at the cost of alienating or harming others. Don’t be an egg.
Doing it Together
Whether or not it directly affects you, we encourage participants to call people out for crappy behaviour, if this can be done safely. If you do feel comfortable speaking up when someone is inappropriate, we ask that you refrain from confrontational behaviour that may spark aggression. It is more effective to quietly talk to the person and point out that they are making someone uncomfortable, rather than publicly humiliating them or using physical force.
Sometimes it could be as simple as saying: ‘I think women are just as able to fix a bike as men are’ or ‘that sounded a bit racist, can you explain what you meant?’ If a person is invading another’s personal space and failing to read body language, you could say “I don’t think they’re cool with that, would you mind giving them some space?”
Harmful Behaviour Includes but is not limited to:
-making racist, sexist, classist, transphobic, homophobic, ableist, or fat-phobic comments of any kind
-catcalling or sexual harassment
-failure to respect the physical and/or emotional safety of others
-failure to read body language and consequently invading the personal space of others
-being too drunk / high to monitor your behaviour and its impact on others
-generally disrespecting others rights to participate and have an enjoyable time at this event.
Thank you for taking the time to read through our Safe Space Policy. We can only make our space safe with your support. We are so lucky to have such a positive and loving community, and we are glad that we can do our bit to help to create safer spaces. We believe this policy is an important and valuable way to address some of the issues that people can experience when attending events.
(Edited By Sara Cowdell originally put together by Izzy Kember with help from 128 Radical Community Social Centre, Golden West Music Festival and Chronophonium.)