- We at COY14, in line with principles of YOUNGO, welcome and value the contributions that individuals who identify as members of marginalized communities bring to the climate movement, and welcome contributions from indigenous people, people of colour, women, people identifying as LGBTQI, members of ethnic minorities, immigrants, and people with disabilities. We recognize that this list is neither exhaustive nor representative of the intersectionality present within each individual.
- COY14 is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of race, age, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance or body size. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Conference participants violating these rules may be expelled from the conference at the discretion of the conference organizers. Further information is given below:
Types of Harassment
- Harassment includes, but is not limited to:
- Verbal remarks/comments, images, or written statements that reinforce social structures of domination related to race, age, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance and body size.
- Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
- Harassing photography or recording
- Sustained disruption of talks or other events
- Unwelcome physical contact
- Unwelcome sexual attention
- Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour
- Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
- If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, COY14-Team retains the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the conference.
- COY14-Team may take action to address anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any of the participants.
- We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related social activities. We believe, people should follow these rules outside event activities, too!
- During COY14, an Awareness Team is set up that shall support people in case they suffer any form of discrimination, or feel very uncomfortable due to certain reasons during the conference. They shall aim to make sure that COY14 is a safe space and to provide comfort to the people that have experienced any form of boundary violation.
- The Awareness Team members will be present in various spaces of the venue to be easily approachable by people that have experienced any forms of boundary violation or discomfort.
- Activities of the Awareness Team will be defined by the final Awareness Team based on their experiences and ideas. It can include
- that they listen to a person that suffered from any form of discrimination or uncomfortable situation, without questioning the person’s perspective and – insofar as this is the person’s wish – confronting with the perception of the other person.
- To provide a space to people that that suffered from any form of discrimination or uncomfortable situation in which they can rest, and regain their ability to act.
- To provide a space to people that that suffered from any form of discrimination or uncomfortable situation in which they can reflect about what happened and how to move forward.
- If someone makes you feel unsafe or unwelcome, you can always report it to one of the COY14-Team members or the Awareness Team members. COY14 team can be identified by green shirts whereas the Awareness Team can be identified by yellow suns.
- Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone. We want you to be happy at our event. People like you make our event a better place.
- You can make a report either anonymously or personally, as described below.
- You can make an anonymous report <here>
- The anonymous report will be used to monitor incidents of harassment and uncomfortable situation.
- You can make a personal report by:
- Contacting a member of COY14 or the Awareness Team. COY14 team can be identified by green shirts. The AT wears yellow suns.
- Our team will be happy to help you contact accommodation/venue security, local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts, or/and otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.