Code of Conduct

Welcome to the Primero DAO

The primary goal of this forum is to create and maintain a space that is safe, inclusive, and welcoming to the largest number of participants, with the most varied and diverse backgrounds possible, in order to talk about the future of Primero. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of employer, license of preference, perspectives on sustainability, political views, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, socioeconomic status, race, age, or religion (or lack thereof).

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for all those who participate in this space, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behaviour.


All members of the DAO (admins, non-admins, authors, viewers) and external contributors interesting in working with Primero who are part of this forum, are required to abide by the code of conduct.

The administrators will enforce this code at all times. We expect cooperation from all participants to ensure a safe environment for everyone.

The Code of Conduct, and the organisers and administrators, can only address behaviour in the present, not past behaviour or fears of what someone might do based on past behaviour.

Expected Behaviour

We expect participants to:

Be welcoming, friendly and patient

We may welcome participants who are new to conversations that may have been discussed for some time, and we welcome those who are new to the idea of open discussions to determine next steps in open source software or work in adjacent communities like social workers, design, documentation and research. Please welcome anyone with the same positive outlook.

Be respectful and considerate

The subjects that we touch on can be polarising, but that is no excuse for poor behaviour or manners. We allow others the consideration that we would appreciate ourselves, and we do not allow our frustrations to turn into personal attacks. We appreciate that many members of our community may communicate in their second or third language. We agree that a community in which members feel uncomfortable impacts our ability to work together and have productive conversations.

Be mindful of the words that you choose

Be kind to others, in whatever medium you communicate (words, images, videos, references, etc.), by paying particular attention to the degree to which intent can be misinterpreted when communicating in writing. We do not insult, put down, harass or exclude others. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Violent threats or language directed against another person.
  • Sexist, racist, or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
  • Exhibiting sexually explicit or violent speak or material.
  • Publishing (or threatening to publish) other people’s personally identifying information (“doxing”).
  • Recording, photographing or filming other persons without their consent. Seek consent before recording. Also ask people who may be seen or heard in the background. Similarly, don’t publish private communication without asking first, except if the communication was unwanted (harassment, threats etc). If in doubt, you can ask us before publishing something.
  • Personal insults.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Unwelcome unsolicited advice.
  • Ad hominem attacks.
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour.
  • Repeated harassment of others.

In general, if someone asks you to stop: stop.

Take an empathetic approach to resolving disagreement

We foster a philosophy of collaboration over conflict, but we appreciate that conflicts can and will happen. When they do we resolve differing views constructively, seeking to understand the other’s point of view before expressing our own. If another participant is unwilling to continue the discussion we allow them the time and space they need and gain permission before engaging again. Remember that we all share a common goal, to sustain open source software, and that our different perspectives and experiences make us stronger as a community. Equally, if we are unable to understand another’s point of view it doesn’t mean that they are wrong.

Look after one another

While organisers and administrators do their best to mediate, mitigate and otherwise maintain our spaces as safe, inclusive and welcoming places to participate, we are not everywhere at all times. If you see concerning behaviour, we expect you to report it.

Be sensitive to the ultimate beneficiaries of Primero - Children, Women and their families

We will conduct our work according to the principles of Informed Consent, Need to Know, Do No Harm and the Best interests of the Child. We must work to promote children’s rights. We agree to abide by the Core Principles of the Code of Conduct as outlined in the UN Secretary General’s Bulletin on Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation - (ST/SGB/2003/13). We will never commit any act that could result in physical, sexual, or psychological harm or suffering to individuals, especially women and children. Where there are concerns or suspicions regarding misuse of the Primero system that might endanger clients, users or user organizations, we will bring this to the attention of the relevant authority.

Reporting Guidelines

If you are subject to or witness unacceptable behaviour, or have any other concerns, please notify an administrator as soon as possible.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behaviour

Unacceptable behaviour from any participant, including administrators, will not be tolerated. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behaviour is expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, organisers and administrators will take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender, limiting their access to spaces or excluding them entirely spaces without warning.

How does this read @Vipul ?