We are conscious of our responsibility to live up to our inclusivity principles by providing a safe and welcoming environment for all knitters and crocheters. But fostering an inclusive community requires us to be firm about the types of behaviour that we will not tolerate. The disciplinary procedures in our constitution give us the power to act when individual or retail members undermine the principles and interests of the Guild.
If you are subject to, or witness any kind of discrimination in a guild environment you can approach any member of the executive to discuss your concerns in confidence.
However we know that there is a spectrum of behaviours that would fall short of these disciplinary actions, and that speaking up about discrimination comes with its own emotional and psychological costs. So, we’d like to hear from you about what factors have empowered you to raise issues of discrimination within any community space, and equally what factors have discouraged you from raising these issues?