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YOW Anti-Harassment Policy

YOW! is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any venue, including talks and online platforms. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference or online space without a refund at the discretion of the event organisers.

Any form of written, social media, or verbal communication that can be offensive or harassing to any attendee, speaker or staff is not allowed at YOW!. Please inform a YOW! staff member if you feel a violation has taken place and the conference leadership team will address the situation.

Harassment includes:

  • offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion;
  • sexual images in public spaces;
  • deliberate intimidation;
  • stalking or following;
  • harassing photography (including photography of attendees who have indicated either verbally or visually that they do not wish to be photographed);
  • other harassing recording (including recording of online activity for harassment purposes);
  • sustained disruption of talks or other events;
  • inappropriate physical contact;
  • unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.

Exhibitors in the expo hall, partner or vendor booths, or similar activities are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualised clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualised environment.

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the conference organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event (and/or future YOW! events both face to face and online) with no refund. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of staff immediately. At a face to face event, conference staff can be identified by t-shirts and special badges. You can also message us via our Twitter account @yow_conf, email us at [email protected] or use the messaging within our online events platform.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related social events, both face to face and online.

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