Network of Women in Security (NZNWS) Code of Conduct
What is the purpose of the Code of Conduct? The NZNWS is committed to supporting a welcoming and safe space for all stakeholders who are involved with the NZNWS. This includes Co-founders, Leaders, Members, Participants, Ambassadors, Attendees, Participants or Guests.
We recognize that all we do in connection with the work that the NZNWS does, and will be, measured against the highest possible standards of ethical business conduct.
- Executive Director
Definition: The highest-ranking member of the NZNWS.
- Co-Founders – NZNWS Founders
Definition: The person or people who have established the NZNWS.
- Leaders – NZNWS Chapter Leaders
Definition: Leads a chapter of squad members in the NZNWS.
- Members – NZNWS Members
Definition: A person belonging to the NZNWS network.
- Ambassadors – NZNWS Ambassadors
Definition: a representative or promoter of NZNWS.
- Volunteers – NZNWS Volunteers
Definition: a person who does tasks or works at NZNWS unpaid.
- NZNWS Participants – NZNWS participants or guests to NZNWS events
Definition: a person who takes part in NZNWS events.
- NZNWS Attendees – NZNWS members, guests or anyone who attends, participates, organises or is involved in any activities with NZNWS.
The NZNWS commitment is to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi as an organisation operating in Aotearoa, New Zealand. The NZNWS work as an organisation to fulfil our commitment, responsibilities and obligations to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
The NZNWS Values are:
Whanaungatanga An ethic of belonging, Kinship NZNWS has identified that this value within this association is about establishing a place of belonging for all women and allies to come together to build and maintain meaningful relationships.
Manaakitanga Hospitality, generosity, care, and giving NZNWS has identified that this value within this association is about working together to create an association that improves the advancement of women in security.
Kaitiakitanga Guardianship, leadership, Reciprocity (giving back) NZNWS has identified that this value within this association is about sharing the kaitiaki leadership role. This is about being a guardian, caregiver and protector of all women and allies in this association.
Āhurutanga Safe space, quality space, safety NZNWS has identified that this value within this association is about creating and maintaining quality space to ensure and promote the pursuit of best practices in this kaupapa.
Who is the NZNWS Code of Conduct for?
- This code of conduct is for all NZNWS Leaders, Members, Participants, Ambassadors, Volunteers, Event Participants and anyone involved with the NZNWS. Should you have any questions or concerns, please email email@example.com.
Why do we need a Code of Conduct?
- The NZNWS is comprised of members from diverse backgrounds, organisations, and lived experiences. The NZNWS is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone engaging with the NZNWS online, at events or otherwise, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, ethnicity, political affiliation, nationality, language, or religion.
Who must follow the NZNWS Code of Conduct?
- All representatives of the NZNWS which includes NZNWS Leaders, NZNWS Ambassadors, NZNWS Trustee Members, NZNWS Advisory Board Members, NZNWS Volunteers and NZNWS Participants.
- Any Individuals, organisations, or vendors that NZNWS partners with events.
When must be follow the NZNWS Code of Conduct?
- The code of conduct must be followed at any NZNWS events or events where NZNWS members are representing the NZNWS. This includes NZNWS Leaders, NZNWS Ambassadors, NZNWS Trustee Members, NZNWS Advisory Board Members, NZNWS Volunteers, and NZNWS Participants
- When NZNWS members are working with NZNWS Leaders, NZNWS Ambassadors, NZNWS Trustee Members, NZNWS Advisory Board Members, NZNWS Volunteers and NZNWS Participants.
- When NZNWS are attending non-NZNWS events as an individual or as a group.
- In written communication channels which include NZNWS LinkedIn Group, Discord Channel, Slack Channel, Instagram or Twitter pages.
- All representatives of the NZNWS which includes NZNWS Leaders, NZNWS Ambassadors, NZNWS Trustee Members, NZNWS Advisory Board Members, NZNWS Volunteers and NZNWS Participants must be treated with respect and consideration, with a diverse set of views and opinions being valued.
- Be respectful, kind and respectful towards one another.
- Ensure your decisions and actions contribute to a safe environment.
- Ensure your decisions and actions within the NZNWS contribute to a harassment-free environment.
- Do not tolerate abusive, bullying or threatening behaviour.
- Communicate openly with respect towards each other.
- Pull aside NZNWS representatives who aren’t following the code of conduct, and who are displaying inappropriate behaviour.
- Don’t be a bystander, pull aside any NZNWS member who is displaying inappropriate behaviour in public.
- Treat each person as an individual.
- Show respect and courtesy to all members of the NZNWS.
- Display appropriate and responsible beaviour in all interactions.
- Act with integrity and objectivity and respect responsibility for your decisions and actions.
The NZNWS have identified the following unacceptable behaviour is offensive in nature and can come in the form of online and offline. The following have been identified:
- All representatives of the NZNWS which includes NZNWS Leaders, NZNWS Ambassadors, NZNWS Trustee Members, NZNWS Advisory Board Members, NZNWS Volunteers and NZNWS Participants must not verbally abuse, physically assault, harass any NZNWS representatives, members, attendees, guests, participants, partners, vendors or members of the public.
- The NZNWS takes bullying, harassment, intimidation or discrimination seriously; and this is not tolerated in any form.
- The NZNWS members should refrain from unwanted physical contact, stalking, following or any persistent unwanted sexual advances.
- Refrain from destruction or vandalising event property or materials.
- Excessive or irresponsible consumption of alcohol.
What is the NZNWS protocol for conflict resolution?
Anyone can report if you believe someone is breaching NZNWS protocol. Please follow the steps below:
Please report immediately to contact a local event organiser (at an event) or NZNWS representative if you are being disrespected, feel unsafe or being harassed, or if you notice that someone else is being harassed.
2. Escalate Please escalate and report to the NZNWS by email or informing one of our NZNWS representatives.
- Email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Fill out the form on the website: www.nznws.com/contact
When escalating the issue, please provide as much detail as possible. Please include the following:
- Your name
- Phone, Mobile
- The date the event occurred.
- The time the event occurred.
- Where it occurred.
- Do you know the person who was involved?
- If this was a member of the NZNWS please state their details.
- Were there any witnesses? If so, please state their details.
- What is the outcome you are expecting?
Note: you can remain anonymous, if you are going to remain anonymous please use the contact form on the NZNWS WordPress site. Please provide any of the above information is optional.
The NZNWS will require anyone engaging in harassing behaviour to cease immediately as that is a breach of what the organisation represents. The NZNWS are committed to ensuring that you and other attendees experience a positive, enjoyable and inclusive event.
We strive for being respectful, caring and understanding when people are reporting unacceptable behaviour. We will acknowledge your report and reply by email (if you have made an email).
If an incident results in corrective action, the NZNWS will do its best to support those harmed by the incident, both publicly (where appropriate) and privately.
The NZNWS are very open to revising any parts of the NZNWS policy or protocol if needed. This is to ensure we are providing a safe and welcoming community in which harassment is not tolerated.