Anti-harassment policy in A época do espazo. Estado e novas perspectivas.

This congress in Santiago de Compostela is dedicated to providing harassment-free and discrimination-free congress experience for everyone, with the most varied and diverse backgrounds possible. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, physical appearance, body size, age, religion, socioeconomic status, birthplace or any other line of oppression. We do not tolerate harassment, discrimination or violent behaviour of conference participants in any form.

1. Expected behaviour at the congress “A época do espazo”

  • Treat all participants, delegates, exhibitors in the expo hall, sponsors, vendors, volunteers, venue staff, service staff or similar activities with respect and consideration, valuing a diversity of views and opinions.
  • Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.
  • Communicate openly with respect for others, critiquing ideas rather than individuals.
  • Avoid any personal attacks directed toward other people.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert staff if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.
  • Respect the rules of the meeting venue, hotels and any other venues.

2. Unacceptable behaviour at the congress

Unacceptable behaviour includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Harassment, bullying or discrimination in any form will not be tolerated
    • Offensive, disrespectful, frightening, intimidating or insulting verbal comments or behaviour that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, physical appearance, body size, age, religion, social class, birthplace or any other line of oppression
    • Sexual images in public spaces
    • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following
    • Harassing photography or recording
    • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
    • Unwanted or unwelcome physical contact
    • Unwanted or unwelcome sexual attention
    • Real or implied threat of professional or financial damage or harm
    • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour
  2. Physical, verbal or psychological abuse, assault or violent behaviour of congress participants in any form

3. Enforcement

Anyone asked to stop any harassing or unacceptable behaviour are expected to comply immediately. This anti-harassment policy outlines our expectations for all those people who participate in the congress as well as exhibitors in the expo hall, sponsors, vendors, volunteers, venue staff, service staff or similar activities; they are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular those people presenting a paper, conveying, showing posters, AV or exhibitors should not use sexualized images or activities, not strictly related to the content of the congress.

If a delegate engages in harassing behaviour, event organizers can take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender, an eventual expulsion from the conference with no refund or to notify the authorities if necessary. Staff and event organizers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants.

We expect all participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related social activities such as welcome reception, conference dinner and dance party, mentorship program and coffee breaks. We also encourage people to follow these recommendations beyond the congress scheduled activities! Harassment and other code of conduct violations create a negative environment for everyone. We want to be happy and safe at our congress and make our event a better place.

4. Reporting

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome or you have any other concerns please report it as soon as possible.

When taking a personal report, our staff will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other event staff and organizers to ensure your report is managed properly. Once safe, we’ll ask you to tell us about what happened. This can be upsetting, but we’ll handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You won’t be asked to confront anyone and we won’t tell anyone who you are. All reports are strictly confidential.

Our team will be happy to help you contact hotel/venue security, local law enforcement or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

You can also make a personal/anonymous report by calling or messaging this phone number or filling the form at the bottom of this page with personal or anonymous information.

If you have witnessed any unsafe, unwelcome or unacceptable behaviour, please respond first to the affected person’s needs and safety. Support that person if they choose to report the incident, but respect their decision.

You can make a report either personally or anonymously. We can’t follow up an anonymous report with you directly, but we will fully investigate it and take whatever action is necessary to prevent recurrence.

  • If possible, gather the following information:
  • Identifying information (name/badge number, appearance) of the participant doing the harassing
  • The behaviour that was in violation
  • The approximate time of the behaviour (if different than the time the report was made)
  • The circumstances surrounding the incident
  • Other people involved in or witnessing the incident

All reports will be treated seriously and responded to promptly. If you are experiencing or witnessing behaviour that constitutes an immediate or serious threat to personal or public safety notify 112.

Additional Resources:

This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers and adapted from the one published by the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore Congress 2019. For more information: