Discrimination and the violation of personal boundaries are everyday occurrences in our society. Sexist cat-calling, heteronormative pick-up lines, “only” touching, and the like are just a few examples of such behavior.
This is something we cannot and will not accept. Instead we are trying to create a space that is as safe as possible for everyone here at the eh!. Therefore, we have drawn up a safety concept.
Generally, we ask all of you to be considerate toward each other during the entire weekend and to take responsibility for one another (community accountability). We want everybody to feel welcome and to have the opportunity to express themselves freely without violating someone else’s boundaries. In doing so, only each person can determine individually whether their boundaries were transgressed, and if and how support is necessary. The power of naming lies hereby within the authority of the person who experienced said transgression/ violation. Our most basic principle is partiality with the afflicted person.
We most certainly would like to proclaim the entire event a safe space in which no transgressions or violations are allowed. However, we are aware that this is rather impossible under the current societal circumstances. For this reason, there will be the following three groups and a Safer Space available for you at the eh!.
The awareness team are people whom you can contact directly during the event. This is in regard to all general questions, as well as to situations in which help becomes necessary. They can also direct you to other persons (for example the support group). You can find the awareness-team visibly marked at the information desk, the bar, or the admissions desk.
The support group are there for you, when you feel like your boundaries have been violated and you are in need of help. You determine what this help and support include (whether having a chat, going for a walk, sitting in silence for a while,…)—we will not do anything that you do not want us to. Of course, all information given to us will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.
- On principle, we will try to support everyone who is looking for help.
- However, we also need to be aware of our own boundaries.
- Our empathy is limited by our current position in society and by our own level of experience: we are young, Caucasian people holding the German citizenship, who are most acutely aware of and sensitized towards sexism.
- We are no professional therapists or counselors.
The support group is not visibly marked, but you can be put into contact with them through an awareness person. You can also contact a person of the support group using the phone number that is distributed throughout the AZ Conni and can also be found at the bar, the admissions desk, and the information desk. You can also find a mobile phone in the Safer Space with which you can contact support staff at all times. (English speaking supporters are available.)*
The security staff is responsible to react in a preventative and interventionist fashion to cases in which boundaries are violated. As the organizers, the group e*vibes are enabled to exercise property rights. This right can be executed by the security staff if need arises.
The Safer Space serves as a safe space and a room to retreat to. It is located above the Infoladen (Info Shop). You can visit the Safer Space at all times and you can decide if you would like to be alone or whether someone else can have access to the room and what group this person should belong to. This will be made visible via a “traffic signal” located at the door. In the room you can find a cell phone with which you can call a person from the support group or a person of your trust. In case the Safer Space is being used exclusively at the time, you can contact someone at the information desk.