[HOT] [Diversity-talk] Diverse conferences need you!

Rory McCann rory at technomancy.org
Sat Apr 14 16:40:52 UTC 2018


An additional way to help out is on the FOSS4G github, where there are 2
issues for the CoC & travel advice, where you can leave comments, and
see the draft documents. Most of my suggestions have been taken on board.


> all future events happening in countries with similar local laws to
> Tanzania

Can you please state in what (limited!) circumstances (parts of) the HOT
CoC are optional, or run the risk that CoC opponents using any reason
they want to have an event with a CoC with lots of "opt-outs", claiming
"cultural differences".

My suggestion: "No events where homosexuality is illegal if
homosexuality/etc is legal in one part of the region for this event."
(there might be other cases).


On 12/04/18 23:41, Rebecca Firth wrote:
> Hi
> The HOT and FOSS4G community have been working hard to develop the 
> conference Code of Conduct for the upcoming event in Tanzania 
> (http://2018.foss4g.org/). The goal is to ensure the conference is as 
> welcoming and safe as it can be, and maintain a commitment to diverse 
> and inclusive conferences. Part of this means hosting conferences in 
> countries where HOT works as an organisation and where there are strong 
> local OSM communities. However, this does raise important concerns about 
> safety and security for attendees. We hope a re-drafted CoC will help 
> all future events happening in countries with similar local laws to 
> Tanzania, to ensure they can protect the interests and security of 
> attendees as best as possible. SOTM Africa, future, SOTMs, etc etc..
> The Summit/FOSS4G Working Groups have a re-drafted policy and would love 
> feedback from an as-diverse-as-possible group. If you're keen to 
> support, please get in touch with Amelia and Rachel in copy, who will 
> send you a copy of the policy and gladly hear your feedback.
> Thanks,
> Rebecca
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