Power. Progress. Change.
3-6 June 2019 • Vancouver, Canada
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Code of Conduct

PRINCIPLES AND EXPECTATIONS OF CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

The right to participate at a Women Deliver-sponsored Conference is central to ensuring open dialogue between all stakeholders. The Conference acknowledges the freedom of expression of speakers, participants, sponsors and exhibitors, and Women Deliver encourages discussion and interaction as essential elements of participation among all conference attendees.

Women Deliver expects that all Conference participants will treat each other with dignity and respect. This code of conduct includes the prohibition of behavior that leads to any harm, prejudice, discrimination or harassment against any person, or the disruption of the Conference or any activity associated with it. This code of conduct also prohibits the destruction of property or the use or threat of physical force by any individual or group of individuals during the Conference.

The following principles are intended to guide the Conference organizers’ response to any discrimination, harassment, disruptions, or violence or threat of violence that prevents constructive and meaningful participation at the Conference.

The safety and wellbeing of Conference participants is vital. Any Conference participant who has witnessed or experienced any action or behavior in violation of these principle is encouraged to report the same to a Women Deliver staff member, to an information booth attendant, or anonymously via the info@wd2019.org email. Women Deliver will respond as soon as possible to all reported violations and take appropriate action including but not limited to those actions described below.

GENERAL PRINCIPLES

Conference Participation: 
All participants attending the Women Deliver Conference are subject to applicable law, including Canadian law. By attending the Conference, participants also agree to adhere to these Principles and Values of Conference Participation.

The Conference will provide support and space for meaningful participation to enable a broad spectrum of viewpoints and constructive dialogue. Individuals who are part of the Women Deliver 2019 Conference must not engage in behavior that Women Deliver organizers deem to be potentially disruptive to the conduct of the Conference.

  • Harassment, discrimination, and any form of abuse of any Conference participant is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated under any circumstances.
  • Action that involves the use or threat of physical force or the destruction of property, is strictly prohibited.

Accreditation:
Women Deliver reserves the right to refuse accreditation or admission to the Conference if an individual or group has previously advocated, supported, or engaged in violent actions or destructive behavior. Additionally, during the Conference, Women Deliver reserves the right to revoke the name badge, Conference registration, and associated materials without refund; and therefore deny access to participants who are in violation of these Principles.

Video and Audio Recording:
Written approval must be obtained from Women Deliver Conference organizers prior to the video or audio recording of any part of the conference with the intention of commercial use.

PROCEDURES INVOLVING DISRUPTIONS AT THE CONFERENCE

Application of the law:
Conference participants are subject to the laws applicable in Canada. Physical force or threats of physical force or destruction of property by Conference participants will not be tolerated and will be dealt with in accordance with applicable law. Additionally, the response may include escorting participants from the Conference venue.

Withdrawal of Accreditation: 
In the event of disruption or action that does not respect these Principles, the Conference may withdraw a participant’s accreditation and name badge and suspend or cancel the participant’s access to the Conference, without refund. Violation of the rules is also grounds for ineligibility at future Women Deliver Conferences.

Public statement: 
In the event that freedom of expression is abused, discrimination or harassment is undertaken, property is destroyed, or physical force is used or threatened by a participant, Women Deliver may issue a public statement concerning the action that reflects the Principles and Values of Conference Participation.

SECURITY INFORMATION

Women Deliver 2019 Conference badges will be required for admittance to all events. Badges must be worn and visible at all times. Lost badges should be reported to the Conference registration staff immediately. The following badge policies apply throughout the entirety of the Conference:

  • Women Deliver is the sole proprietor of Conference badges.
  • Badges are nontransferable.
  • Misuse of badges, false certification of individuals as registered Conference attendees, efforts to assist unauthorized persons to gain access to any Women Deliver event, or any inappropriate conduct will may result in the confiscation and cancellation of badges of the individuals involved, without refund.
  • Women Deliver is under no obligation to refund any fees to any individual or group expelled from the Conference.