Equalities and Diversity Policy

Policy Statement

Femspectives – Glasgow Feminist Film Festival (Femspectives) is an organisation aiming to champion the cinematic contributions of women and people with marginalised gender identities who make films and to create safe spaces and foster conversations about their films and issues related to them. As such, Femspectives is fully committed to equality and diversity in all its activities, including its public events and persona, within its membership, and in all its other dealings.

Films by women and people with marginalised gender identities are underrepresented in the UK and beyond, thus our festival ensures dedicated screen time for showing these films. While we do see an increasing number of films by women and people with marginalised gender identities at international film festivals and in independent and mainstream cinemas, Femspectives provides the relevant context for these films and their subject matters by fostering conversations and discussions around them.

When selecting films for the festival, Femspectives maintains an awareness that feminist, female or marginalised gender identities are not a homogenous notion – they are complex and diverse, and not only confined to the white Western concept of feminism, but a variety approaches towards feminisms due to histories of colonisation, religion, ethnicity, histories of oppression and slavery, differences of class, gender or sexuality and so on. We want Femspectives to reflect this diversity. We therefore make efforts to work locally with People of Colour (PoC), people with different gender identities, sexualities, class backgrounds, ethnic heritage, religions and so on, ensuring they are represented on screen and during events.

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to provide for equality for all in Femspectives’ employment, all who access Femspectives’ services, and all with whom Femspectives has dealings. It lays out our specific commitments to equality and diversity, and makes Femspectives responsible to the public as well its members, employees, voluntary staff, and audience members for acting on those commitments.

Principles

Our equality and inclusion strategies incorporate but are not limited to women and girls, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, genderqueer, non-binary, intersex, and queer people, people who are deaf or hard of hearing, people with disabilities, people of all ages, people of different religions, people of colour, people on low incomes, people in the asylum system, migrants, and people living across all geographical areas of Scotland.

Femspectives is compliant with the Equality Act 2010, recognising, in reinforcement of the above, the protected characteristics of age, disability, gender / gender reassignment, marriage / civil partnership, pregnancy / maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

Our commitment to equality includes:

Members, employees, and volunteers

  • Creating an environment in which individual differences and the contributions of all our members, employees, and volunteers are recognised and valued.
  • Creating an environment that promotes dignity and respect for all. No form of intimidation, bullying, or harassment will be tolerated.
  • Promoting equality for members, employees, and volunteers.
  • Ensuring that every possible effort is made to accommodate the accessibility needs of every member, employee, volunteer, or job applicant.
  • Treating breaches of the Equalities Policy seriously and taking appropriate action when they are suspected or reported.
  • Regularly reviewing all employment and volunteering practices and procedures to ensure that no members, employees, volunteers, or job applicants are treated less favourably than others.

Audience members, artists, performers, and guests

  • Creating an environment in which every person attending a Femspectives event or interacting with Femspectives feels safe, welcome, and free from discrimination or harassment, including but not limited to:
    • Not tolerating any verbal, physical, or sexual harassment.
    • Encouraging respectful behaviour and use of language.
  • Taking into account equality of representation of communities of women and people with marginalised gender identities in all programming and festival coordinating decisions.
  • Ensuring every possible effort is made to accommodate the accessibility needs of audiences and guests, including but not limited to:
    • Using only venues which are fully accessible for people with disabilities which affect their mobility, e.g. wheelchair users, including provision of accessible toilets and provision for artists, performers, and guests.
    • Screening all films with English subtitles or captions or with BSL interpretation.
    • Providing BSL interpretation or other provision for deaf and hard of hearing audiences, as well as in-situ translators for non-native English speakers for introductions, talks, and discussions.
    • Providing large print versions of any printed material produced by Femspectives.
    • Noting all accessibility measures and provision in all advertising of events.
    • Providing childcare options and/or child-friendly environments where possible and appropriate.
    • Making all screenings and events free or low cost.
    • Putting on events which privilege the safety and inclusion of specific audiences, e.g. women-only (trans inclusive) or people of colour-only, where appropriate.
    • Ensuring permission is obtained and opt-out is made possible for any photographing or video recording of Femspectives events. Also, providing information about how photographs or footage will be used and stored.
    • Providing ‘content warnings’ which detail any content of films or other media which are particularly likely to cause distress to some audience members.
    • Ensuring all committee members, employees, and volunteers are fully informed of and trained in equality measures.
  • Regularly reviewing all policies and programming decisions which ensure equality for audiences.

Training

Femspectives will provide induction training for all members, employees and volunteers to ensure our Equalities and Diversity Policy is upheld. It is essential all members, employees, volunteers and audience members feel supported and in safe open space.

Recruitment

Femspectives is committed to equality in its recruitment procedures for all employees and volunteers.

Our commitment to equality for employees and volunteers includes:

  • Paid and voluntary positions will be open to all.
  • Job descriptions, person specifications, and job advertising will not exclude, discriminate against, or discourage any particular group from applying.
  • Application and selection procedures will be clear, open, and every possible effort will be made to accommodate any adjustments necessary for accessibility during the recruitment, application, interview, and employment stage.

Grievance Procedures

Femspectives will take seriously, investigate, and take any necessary measures to deal with complaints of discrimination or breaches of its Equalities Policy and will not victimise people who make such complaints. All complaints will be treated confidentially and can be made in person, directed to our Femspectives email or provided anonymously through a feedback form.

Responsibility

The responsibility for implementation of Femspectives’ Equalities Policy lies with its members.

All members, employees, and volunteers have the individual responsibility to:

  • Comply fully with Femspectives’ Equalities Policy
  • Draw the attention of Femspectives’ members to suspected or alleged discriminatory practices or breaches of its equality measures.
  • Refrain from harassing, intimidating, or discriminating against other members, employees, volunteers, or audience members.