We are committed to doing what we can to nurture a welcoming, supportive, and respectful environment in which everyone can celebrate babywearing. We would like to ask that you take time to review the statements in part 1 and consider whether you feel empowered to share with us the responsibility of creating that environment by agreeing to the commitments listed in part 2.
We welcome your questions and suggestions, as we feel you are a part of this community that we hope to continue building together.
Part 1 — Statements
Black lives matter.
Trans lives matter.
Indigenous lives matter.
People who are any or all of the above — their lives matter as a part of the fact that everyone’s life should matter though oftentimes this is not the case.
The International Babywearing Conference acknowledges that the following practices exist, are harmful, and should be opposed, never overlooked or dismissed:
- the silencing of oppressed and marginalized voices
- cultural appropriation
- bigotry, for example: racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, and ableism
The International Babywearing Conference believes that individuals and groups within a culture can have more access, power, or privilege than others (e.g., those who are able-bodied, Christian, male, cisgender, heterosexual, socioeconomically advantaged, neurotypical, white).
Part 2 — Commitments
I will help foster a welcoming environment for all attendees.
I will not use, sell, or display products, decorations, materials, language or behavior, or imagery that is or reflects ideas that are racist, sexist, homophobic, ableist, culturally insensitive, bigoted, or culturally appropriative.
If you would like guidance on what may be deemed culturally appropriative, especially while you may still be in the planning stages for your display or presentation, please feel free to reach out to us.
If you would like guidance on how to avoid perpetuating transantagonistic (aka “gender essentialist”) concepts, like the idea that genitalia or chromosomal makeup dictate gender, or that gender consists of a binary (that is, male and female only, or boys and girls only), please also reach out to us. We would be happy to share resources that are helping us learn and navigate this topic area.
Please contact planning committee members Ashley Barron (Sessions Chair, IBCsessions@babywearinginternational.org) and Suzi Lang (Planning Committee Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions, feedback, and thoughts. We absolutely do want to hear from you.