Code of Conduct

Gender and Responding to Violent Extremism (GARVE) is an interdisciplinary network bringing together academics, practitioners and policy makers to share research, experiences and best practices on gender and violent extremism. The network supports members by providing opportunities to network, disseminate research and improve individual visibility to wider academic and non-academic community and to develop ideas for collaborative research projects.

All members of our network should endeavour to maintain the highest standards of personal and professional conduct. All members of the network should behave responsibly and with integrity and honesty. In representing their professional affiliations and qualifications, including such matters as knowledge, skill, training, education and experience, all members should be honest and accurate. In presenting their work members should be honest and accurate in conveying professional conclusions, opinions, and research findings, and in acknowledging the potential limitations.

All members should respect the individual and collective rights to privacy and maintain confidentiality in compliance with UK, Kenya and International law and regulations.

The directors of this network  have a special responsibility to uphold and observe the Code of Conduct, promoting in the Network’s activities a professional environment characterized by constructive debate and the treatment of all members and participants with dignity and respect. All members will not discriminate against, bully or harass others on the basis of: cultural and role difference, including (but not exclusively) those involving age, disability, education, ethnicity, gender, language, national origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sexual orientation, marital or family status and socio-economic status. 

We recognize our duty to ensure that members and participants are not bullied and/or harassed. a) Bullying may be characterized as i) Offensive, insulting, intimidating, or malicious behaviour targeted at another person or persons; ii) An abuse or misuse of power intended to undermine, humiliate, denigrate, or injure the person or persons toward whom such behaviour is targeted. b) Harassment may be defined as but is not limited to: i) Unwanted conduct affecting the dignity of people or individuals. It may be related to age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, disability, religion, nationality, citizenship or any personal characteristic of the individual, and may be persistent or isolated. The key is that the actions or comments are experienced as demeaning and unacceptable by the recipient. 

Members and participants who feel that they have been victims of bullying and/or harassment as defined in this code of conduct are entitled to pursue their case in a safe and non-threatening environment. 

We are committed to ensuring that complaints brought under this procedure shall not lead to the victimization or harassment of any individual. The procedures for addressing grievances aim to resolve allegations in a timely, fair, impartial and sensitive treatment of all parties affected.

Allegations of bullying or harassment must be brought to the attention of the Network Manager Ms. Pauline Skaper [email protected] formally and in writing. All complaints and allegations will be formally investigated by the Co-directors and if proven will result in the expulsion of the member from the network. 

 1 This code has been adapted from the British Studies Association and the International Studies Association Codes of Conducts.