CODE OF CONDUCT

She Code Africa as a community is made up of both professionals and volunteers from all over the world, working on every aspect of the mission - including mentorship, technical, and networking.

About SCA

She Code Africa (SCA) is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. This code of conduct applies to all She Code Africa spaces, including Slack, both online and off. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the Community Managers. Some She Code Africa spaces (such as specific Slack channels) may have additional rules in place, which will be made clearly available to members. Members are responsible for knowing and abiding by these rules. We encourage all those who are members of She Code Africa to help us create safe and positive community experiences. Consequences for noncompliance with the Code of Conduct may include a discussion with mediators, mediation with the member you may have harmed, or as an absolute last resort, a ban from the community.

If you believe someone is violating the code of conduct, we ask that you report it by emailing info@shecodeafrica.org. For more details please see our Reporting Guidelines .
1. Be friendly and patient.
2. Be welcoming. We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities.
3. Be careful in the words that you choose. We are a community of professionals, and we conduct ourselves professionally. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other community members.

Harassment includes:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, race, or religion.
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.
  • Deliberate misgendering or use of ‘dead’ or rejected names.
  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behaviour in spaces where they’re not appropriate.
  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like “hug” or “backrub”) without consent or after a request to stop.
  • Threats of violence.
  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm.
  • Deliberate intimidation.
  • Stalking or following.
  • Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes.
  • Sustained disruption of discussion.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others
  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease.
  • Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse.
  • Publication of non-harassing private communication.
  • Blogging, tweeting, or otherwise communicating with intent to harm someone’s reputation, i.e., “making an example” of a member
She Code Africa prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. Our moderators will not act on complaints regarding:
  • “Reverse”-isms, including “reverse racism,” “reverse sexism,” and “cisphobia.”
  • Reasonable communication of boundaries, such as “leave me alone,” “go away,” or “I’m not discussing this with you.”
  • Verbal communication in a tone you don’t find pleasant (try focusing on responding to the content or disengaging instead)
  • Criticizing racist, sexist, cissexist, or otherwise oppressive behavior or assumptions
Appropriate behavior contributes to the health, safety, and longevity of the She Code Africa community and includes:
  • Participating authentically and empathetically
  • Representing She Code Africa in a positive, professional way
  • Examining your biases often
  • Using welcoming and inclusive language
  • Exercising consideration and respect in your speech and actions
  • Refraining from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech
  • Being mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants
  • Considering what is best for the community
  • Alerting community managers if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or unresolved violations of this Code of Conduct
  • Refraining from doing something you wouldn’t do in another professional situation
  • Remembering that community event venues may be shared with members of the public; being respectful to all patrons of these locations
  • Keeping an open and curious mind without making assumptions about others
  • Attempting collaboration before conflict . Gracefully accepting constructive criticism

Enforcement:

  • Members and participating guests asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
  • If a participant violates the Code of Conduct, community managers or chapter leads may take any action they deem appropriate to maintaining a welcoming environment for all participants, up to and including expulsion from an event and/or the community and identification of the participant as a violator
  • If a community manager is not present at an event, the event organizer should ask violators to leave and then report the situation to community managers for further deliberation
  • Community managers and/or event organizers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting or making an environment hostile for any participants
  • We expect participants to respect the Code of Conduct in all She Code Africa communities and at all She Code Africa or She Code Africa-related events

Reporting Guidelines

If you believe someone is violating the code of conduct we ask that you report it to She Code Africa by emailing info@shecodeafrica.org, Contacting a Core Team member privately on via email, by text or phone call, or in person communicating with the event organizer (if you’re at an event). All reports will be kept confidential. In some cases we may determine that a public statement will need to be made. If that's the case, the identities of all victims and reporters will remain confidential unless those individuals instruct us otherwise

What happens after you file a report?

You will receive an email from the She Code Africa acknowledging receipt immediately. We promise to acknowledge receipt within 24 hours (and will aim for much quicker than that).
The working group will immediately meet to review the incident and determine:

  • What happened.
  • Whether this event constitutes a code of conduct violation.
  • Who the bad actor was.
  • Whether this is an ongoing situation, or if there is a threat to anyone's physical safety.

If this is determined to be an ongoing incident or a threat to physical safety, the working groups' immediate priority will be to protect everyone involved. This means we may delay an "official" response until we believe that the situation has ended and that everyone is physically safe. Once the working group has a complete account of the events they will make a decision as to how to respond. Responses may include:

  • Nothing (if we determine no violation occurred).
  • A private reprimand from the working group to the individual(s) involved.
  • A public reprimand.
  • An imposed vacation (i.e. asking someone to "take a week off" from mailing lists).
  • A permanent or temporary ban from some or all SCA spaces (mailing lists)
  • A request for a public or private apology.

We'll respond within one week to the person who filed the report with either a resolution or an explanation of why the situation is not yet resolved.

Original source and credit: techtonica & The Ada Initiative - Adapted by She Code Africa.