i have gathered written information about safer space policies from friend(s) and i thought it could be something we can reflect on – i have modify parts for relevancy, in terms of the house as a communal/collective space.
Creating a Safer Space
Safer spaces are welcoming, engaging and supportive. We want this “house” / “fnbkl space” to be a space where people support each other and can feel free to be themselves. We want this house to be a place where abuse and discrimination is not tolerated. We hope that everyone at this house is made aware of the idea of ‘safer spaces’ and that you are proactive in helping make this a safer space too.
People who (live, participate, visit, to crash, to party, to debate, do workshops) etc. are asked to be aware of their language and behaviour, and to think about whether it might be offensive to others. This is no space for violence, for touching people without their consent, for being intolerant of someone’s religious beliefs or lack thereof, for being creepy, sleazy, racist, ageist, sexist, hetero-sexist, trans-phobic, able-bodiest, classist, sizist or any other behaviour or language that may perpetuate oppression.
~~respect people’s physical and emotional boundaries
~~always get explicit verbal consent before touching someone or crossing boundaries
~~respect people’s opinions, beliefs, differing states of being and differing points of view
~~~be responsible for your own action. Be aware that your actions do have an effect on others despite what your intentions may be
take responsibility for your own safety and get help if you need it
Any group or individual engaging in violence (including sexual violence and harrassment) within the house compound will automatically be excluding themselves. The collective and friends will be asking them to leave immediately.
Need some assistance?
If you experience or witness any behaviour that crosses your boundaries or makes you feel uncomfortable or if you are feeling like you would like to talk to someone anonymously about anything please feel free to talk to: whoever you feel comfortable in the collective / house
There may be conflict in the time that we are in this space and the collective have yet came up with a basic process for dealing with this, based around the principle that a resolution deemed positive to all parties involved should always be sought first.
Any conflict arising in the space that at least one party feels cannot be resolved without some help, should seek the assistance of one or more of the organiser crew. If the conflict cannot be resolved with them it may be taken to the whole conference to make a final decision on what action needs to be taken.