Code of Conduct

This is a living document, and subject to refinement and expansion in the future. Last updated on September 20, 2018.

Everyone participating in FTW Retreat is required to agree to the following Code of Conduct. This includes all attendees, organizers, and contractors. Anyone who violates this Code of Conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from the retreat at the discretion of the organizers.

A welcoming experience for everyone

We welcome and support women of all backgrounds and identities. This includes, but is not limited to members of any race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, colour, immigration status, social and economic class, educational level, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, size, family status, political belief, religion, and mental and physical ability.

Inclusive language

We strongly believe it’s important to pay attention to harmful language patterns. Remember you might not be communicating in someone else's primary language.

  • Ableism: Words like "crazy", "dumb", "insane" or "lame" are examples of ableist language, devaluating people who have physical or mental disabilities. Its appearance often stems not from any intentional desire to offend, but from our innate sense of what it means to be normal. These words can be avoided by using more fitting, clearer descriptions of what we want to communicate. To find out more about ableism and replacement terms please read this guide.
  • Sexism: Using gendered terms like "dude" or "guys" to address a mixed-gendered group of people contributes to furthering exclusion of underrepresented individuals. We strongly advise avoiding gendered pronouns as well as gendered terms. For more information please familiarise yourself with Geek Feminism wiki guide.


We are professionals, and we conduct ourselves professionally. Harassment and other exclusionary behavior aren't acceptable. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neurotype, physical appearance, body, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, language, 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


Attendees asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If an attendee engages in harassing behaviour, we may take any action we deem appropriate to keep the retreat a welcoming environment for all attendees.


If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please make a report immediately either in person or via email at

When taking a personal report, we will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other retreat staff to ensure your report is managed properly. Once safe, we'll ask you to tell us about what happened. This can be upsetting, but we'll handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You won't be asked to confront anyone and we won't tell anyone who you are.


This Code of Conduct was based on resources provided by XOXO Fest, JSConf AU and Django. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.