Making the most of our time together at the Africa Conference 2021

We know that you invest time and resources to join us at the Africa Conference and we want to do all we can to make your experience worthwhile. That’s why we curate a stimulating programme of learning, networking and sharing. But as well as this, we want you to have a personal experience that is rewarding and positive.

To ensure this happens, there are things we encourage, and there is behaviour that is not tolerated.

We encourage you to

  • participate fully
  • ask questions
  • share your experience and professional insight with others 
  • take time to listen, and to do this especially in groups where people are participating outside of their native language
  • let us know what you learn at the Africa Conference to help create more impact in our work
  • fully respect other participants that have different needs and expectations

We will not tolerate

In line with our values PWYP strives to offer an environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. 

PWYP strictly prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, religion/beliefs, sex (including gender identity), pregnancy and maternity, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, disability or any other characteristic protected by UK law.

If you experience discrimination or harrasement or become aware of an incident, please report this to the PWYP Secretariat. We will investigate complaints brought to our attention in a fair, independent and confidential way and, after considering all the facts, we will take appropriate action. 

Subject to the nature of the incident, we reserve the right to exclude anyone from this and future events with immediate effect. 

Please read below for more information on the PWYP Code of Conduct

What we expect of participants engaging online 

PWYP webinars and online events are live and therefore the chat and Q&A functions are not pre-moderated. Our policy is to keep intervention to a minimum and let the conversation flow. We do have a few rules to ensure that our events are a safe place to connect, learn, and share:

  • No personal attacks
  • No posts or comments that break the law in the chat/Q&A functions
  • No trolling or deliberately inflammatory behaviour
  • No spamming 

General courtesy

We’d appreciate it if you could use the same courtesy when posting comments as you would use when speaking to someone face to face. Please do bear in mind how challenging our work can be, we are trying to make the world a better place, after all and if there’s one thing all of us could do with, it’s some moral support. 

Swear words and offensive language 

Please use appropriate and respectful language when communicating with others and while it’s not our policy to remove anyone for using the occasional swear word (we’re all adults, after all) we do draw the line at obscenity, and any comments that can be deemed discriminaorty, for example; racist, ageist, homophobic or transphobic language.  

Posting links and spamming 

We have no problem with people posting the odd link that other participants might find useful or interesting. But we’ll remove anyone that attempts to spam chat and comment facilities with links, as a way of promoting their own product or unrelated services. 

Sexual harassment

We will not tolerate any form of sexual harassment. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Behaviour that makes a person feel offended, humiliated and/or intimidated
  • Uninvited or unwelcome messages or posts 
  • Posts of a sexual nature or circulating sexually explicit or suggestive material
  • Comments about someone’s appearance, age, sexual comments, crude or obscene language, sexual advances, insults based on gender, and sending sexually explicit written messages.

Reporting    

If you’re concerned about someone’s actions, please report them to us by contacting the PWYP Secretariat. All reports will be shared with the Executive Director and will be thoroughly and impartially investigated. If appropriate, immediate corrective action will be taken. 

We are committed to ensuring PWYP events are a safe space for all – please bring your authentic, whole selves to the event and enjoy being you!

 

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