Safer Spaces

Safer Spaces Policy

 

Simply put, we encourage accessible, safe, and inclusive spaces throughout all of our events. We want everyone to have a good time and enjoy a space that’s for literature and the people who love it.

 

Any homophobic, transphobic, sexist, racist, ableist, ageist or any other discriminatory behaviour will not be tolerated.

 

Wollongong Writers Festival encourages all attendees, staff and volunteers to let us know if they experience anything that makes them uncomfortable. As a small community organisation we are on an ongoing mission to learn from the community and the people that support us.

Any shared personal information will be treated confidentially. You can reach us here [director@wollongongwritersfestival.com] with comments, complaints and feedback.

 

If you’re unsure what a safer spaces policy looks like in action, these three aspects are good ones to keep in mind.

 

Language

Vigorous debate is all well and good, but remember to respect people’s experiences and to avoid belittling or dismissive language. Respect people’s names and don’t assume what pronouns people use.

Access

It’s everyone’s responsibility to ensure events are accessible to all members of the community. We encourage all festival-goers to let us know if they experience any access issues.

Consent

Everyone should feel safe at our events. Please obtain specific consent for physical touch (this includes hugging).