PRINCIPLES AND EXPECTATIONS OF CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION
The right to participate at a Women Deliver-sponsored conference is central to ensuring open dialogue between all stakeholders. The conference acknowledges the freedom of expression of speakers, participants, sponsors and exhibitors and is an essential principle in Women Deliver’s goals of reducing maternal mortality and achieving universal access to reproductive health.
Women Deliver encourages discussion and interaction as essential elements of participation, among all conference attendees. This code of conduct includes the prohibition of behavior that leads to any harm, prejudice to any person, or the disruption of the conference or any activity associated with it.
Women Deliver also opposes the destruction of property or the use or threat of physical force by any individual or group of individuals during the conference. The following principles are intended to guide the conference organizers’ response to disruptions or the threat or actual violence that prevents a constructive and meaningful participation at Women Deliver.
All participants attending the Women Deliver conference are subject to the laws applicable in Denmark. By attending the conference, participants also agree to adhere to these Principles and Values of Conference Participation.
The conference will provide support and space for meaningful participation to enable a broad spectrum of viewpoints and constructive dialogue. Individuals who are part of the Women Deliver 2016 conference may not engage in any demonstrations or other behavior that Women Deliver organizers deem to be potentially disruptive to the conduct of the conference. Action that involves the use or threat of physical force or the destruction of property, may contravene the laws of the country of location.
Women Deliver reserves the right to refuse accreditation or admission to the conference if an individual or group has previously advocated or supported violent actions or destructive behavior in any way. Additionally, during the conference, Women Deliver can revoke the name badge, conference registration, and associated materials, and therefore deny access, to participants who do not adhere to these Principles.
Video and Audio Recording:
Written approval must be obtained from Women Deliver conference organizers prior to the videotaping or audio recording of any part of the conference. Failure to receive written permission is grounds for expulsion from the Women Deliver conference and immediate confiscation of video or audio materials.
PROCEDURES INVOLVING DISRUPTIONS AT THE CONFERENCE
Application of the law:
Women Deliver participants are subject to the laws applicable in Denmark. Physical force or threats of physical force or destruction of property by conference participants will not be tolerated and will be dealt with in accordance with the laws of Denmark. Additionally, the response may include escorting participants from the conference venue.
Withdrawal of Accreditation:
In the event of disruption or action that does not respect these Principles, the conference may withdraw a participant’s accreditation and name badge and suspend or cancel the participant’s access to the conference. Violation of the rules is also grounds for ineligibility at future Women Deliver conferences.
In the event that freedom of expression is abused, property is destroyed or physical force is used or threatened by a participant, Women Deliver may issue a statement concerning the action that reflects the framework of the Principles and Values of Conference Participation.
Women Deliver 2016 badges will be required for admittance to all events for security reasons. Badges should be worn and visible at all times. Lost badges should be reported to the conference registration staff immediately. The following badge policies apply throughout the entirety of the conference:
- Women Deliver is the sole proprietor of Conference badges.
- Badges are nontransferable.
- Misuse of badges, false certification of individuals as paid Women Deliver attendees, efforts to assist unauthorized persons to gain access to any Women Deliver event, or any inappropriate conduct will be just cause for reclaiming badges of any individuals involved. Women Deliver is not obligated to refund any fees to any individual or group expelled from the conference.