Code of Conduct

 

Code Like a Girl (CLG) was originally created as a way to bring like-minded people together to share experiences, knowledge and stories in a supportive space. As such, CLG is dedicated to providing a safe, fun and most importantly, a harassment-free experience for all of our community, across all of our services and programs. We expect everyone to be treated equally and with respect, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, family structure, socio-economic status, religion (or lack thereof), or programming language preference.

We do not tolerate harassment of any form in our community. This Code of Conduct applies to all CLG programs and services, including public community events, Coding Camps and other Junior Workshops, as well as our Internship Program. It applies to the entirety of our Community, including our Team, Volunteers and Contractors. Anyone violating this Code of Conduct may face enforcement action such as removal from an event, at the discretion of the CLG Team.

OUR VALUES

At Code Like a Girl, we have a set of values that reflect what we stand for and shape the way we foster an internal culture. We strive to make sure these values come through at every CLG event and program. While our anti-harassment and non-discrimination policy below explains some of the ‘rules’ - we’d rather focus on what we want to emulate at all levels of CLG.

BE INCLUSIVE

Our motivation every day is to create innovative learning and sharing environments where every girl, as well as trans and gender diverse folk, from any background, feels included, inspired, supported and capable.

BE AMBITIOUS

We are ambitious and we encourage our community to be as well. We love to immerse ourselves in emerging technology and strive to be continuously learning and growing.

BE DISRUPTIVE  

Question the status quo, critique the established norm! We want to see change, and that means shaking things up. Only by questioning long-held views and priorities can we make the changes necessary to increase diversity and inclusion in tech.

BE GENUINE

For us, this means being open and honest. We do this by choosing speakers and facilitators who are comfortable getting a little bit vulnerable as they share their real experiences and expertise. We encourage everyone to speak clearly, avoiding too much techie jargon talk that can be intimidating and isolating. We also endeavour to be fully transparent in how we do things and to make ethical decisions that have our community’s best interests in mind.

BE ENGAGED

You won’t get any apathy from us! We are constantly learning from our community, and in turn sharing our own learnings right back. We are committed to continue to show up for our community, and those who need our support most. We love it when our community - that’s you! - speak up and get involved too.  

BE CURIOUS

We are endlessly curious about the world of learning and technology. We ask questions, sideline assumptions and always seek to grow our knowledge and understanding.

LET’S CUT TO THE CHASE: THE SHORT VERSION

If you need help, if someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or uncomfortable, or if you are experiencing or witnessing any inappropriate behaviour at any CLG event or program, please let us know immediately. We will handle your complaint as a matter of priority, with absolute seriousness and in the strictest confidence.  

If someone lets you know that they are uncomfortable about another person’s behaviour, please encourage them to come and talk to us, or seek their permission and come and talk to us yourself. You can identify us by our ‘Girl Gang’ t-shirts.

If you wish to make us aware of something via email instead, please do so by contacting hello@codelikeagirl.org with the subject line “Code of Conduct.”  

WANT MORE? HERE ARE THE DETAILS

What is ‘harassment’?

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

- Any comments that reinforce social structures of oppression or domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, age and religion. We expect everyone to take responsibility for their language.

- Deliberate intimidation, bullying, stalking or following, either in person or online

- Harassing photography or recording

- Sustained disruption of any of the CLG proceedings  

- Inappropriate physical contact of any kind

- Unwelcome sexual attention

- Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviours.   

Enforcement

If anyone violates our Code of Conduct, CLG will take action to ensure the safety of our community and to maintain a welcoming environment for everyone. Anyone asked to stop inappropriate behaviour is expected to comply immediately. The CLG Team reserve the right to ask anyone behaving contrary to this policy to leave the event or program premises, without a refund. If a situation escalates or persists, or is deemed to be dangerous to any attendee or member of staff, the CLG Team will not hesitate to call security and/or local law enforcement.

We expect participants to adhere to this Code of Conduct at all CLG events, programs and any related social activities. We actually expect everyone to behave respectfully in all settings - but that’s outside of our control!

Reporting

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or uncomfortable, please report it as soon as possible. The CLG team can be identified by our Girl Gang T-Shirts. Harassment and other Code of Conduct violations make our event’s unpleasant for everyone - and we want our community to be happy and safe at all of our events.

If you approach any of us to make a report or complaint, our CLG Team will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other CLG Team Members to ensure the situation and your report is managed properly. Once safe, we’ll ask you to tell us what happened. This can be upsetting, but we’ll handle it as respectfully as possible, and you’re welcome to bring someone to support you. We won’t ask you to confront anyone, and we won’t tell anyone who you are.

If you would rather let us know via email, you can do so through hello@codelikeagirl.org, with the subject line “Code of Conduct.”

 

This policy has been adapted and build upon from the Geek Feminism Wiki created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers which you can find here: http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Conference_anti-harassment/Policy

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