Safer Space

Anti-Oppression/Safer Spaces Agreement
This is an agreement written by people involved in Kebele about how we want to relate to one another within Kebele and more widely as a Kebele Community. This is the basic agreement that everyone who uses Kebele agrees to live by (read it in full below). As a part of this Agreement, we have also developed an Accountability Process & Conflict Resolution Process which we are happy to facilitate with your guidance. Read the two Processes in full here.

Kebele Anti-Oppression / Safer Spaces Agreement

This is an agreement written by people involved in Kebele about how we want to relate to one another within Kebele and more widely as a Kebele Community.

We want Kebele to be an anti-oppressive space, this means a space:

  • where we enable one another to feel welcome, safe, respected and able to be ourselves in whatever way we see fit;

  • where gender, race, sexual orientation, physical ability, educational background or other difference between us is accepted as just that: a difference;

  • where no one is belittled, spoken-down to, silenced, negatively pre-judged or otherwise oppressed on account of their differences;

  • where we pay attention to the differences between us and the ways that some differences work to privilege some of us in certain contexts;

  • where we actively work to minimize the oppressive effects of these privileges through reflection on and modification of the ways we interact,

  • where we commit to ‘call-out’ oppression when we experience or witness it,

  • where we accept that we may be ‘called out’ when others feel we are not living by this agreement – and where we accept such challenges with gratitude, as an opportunity to learn.

  • where no one is abused, psychologically or physically;

  • and where anyone who feels unsafe, oppressed or abused in any way, feels confident to call it out and/or or to seek support knowing that they will be treated seriously, with care and compassion.

We know that creating anti-oppressive spaces is a long and difficult process. Reflecting on privilege, oppression and modifying the subtle (and not so subtle!) ways we interact takes effort and time. We embark on this journey knowing that we stumble along the way but commit to keep going because the path leads to a more equal world.

This is the basic agreement that everyone who uses Kebele agrees to live by. If you feel that something is missing, we have a bi-monthly meeting where we welcome your input. If you feel that someone has broken this agreement and you want talk or take action, please contact kebelesocialcentre@riseup.net

We have an Accountability Process & Conflict Resolution Process that we are happy to facilitate with your guidance.