Clarifying the mentoring role we want the advisory committee to have.
|Internal Structural Document:||Internal Rules of Procedures|
|Internal Structural Document:||Internal Rules of Procedures|
FYEG will have minimal statutes that only contain what legally matters and
they will be revised in case the Belgian law changes. All other matters
will be taken care of in the IRPs.
The IRPs must never contradict the statutes, they can elaborate.
The IRPs shall be facilitating and helping with decision-making processes
as well as the organisation of the federation. There shall be no more
rules than necessary. All rules are stated in the chapters 1-6 and are
followed by guidelines and best practices.
This document shall be accessible to every MO on the website.
1. Member organisations
1.1.1 Membership categories
FYEG has three membership categories: full MO, candidate MO and associate. (cf.
Statutes 4) For the procedure of application for these membership categories cf.
7.2.1 and Statutes 5.
One can not be a candidate MO for more than 3 years without applying for full
membership. After 3 years, the EC can propose the suspension or exclusion of the
1.1.2 Membership criteria
Member organisations shall:
• be European except for Associate members. The exact definition is in the hands
of the GA;
• be active, on national or regional level;
• subscribe to the statutes and political platform of FYEG;
• function based on democratic principles;
• consist mostly of young people.
FYEG prefers regional organisations to join forces and set up a national
organisation. If two or more regional organisations of which at least one is
already a full MO of FYEG join forces, the new organisation can apply ats a full
1.1.3 Membership fees
FYEG has an annual membership fee. (cf. 5.2)
1.1.4 Suspension and exclusion of a MO
The EC has a right to propose the suspension or exclusion of an MO, for example
• no update or other contact is made between an MO and FYEG EC between two GAs,
• the MO doesn’t fulfill one or more of the membership criteria
• the MO didn’t pay their membership fee (see 1.1.5)
• major changes that happened in the MO (see 1.1.6) which need to be
investigated by the EC
The suspension or exclusion of an MO will be decided upon by the GA (See 3.5.1)
The suspension of an MO means that the organisation loses its voting rights.
When an MO is suspended, the EC:
1. informs the MO about their current situation via a letter explaining the
2. makes all reasonable efforts to enable the MO to regain its full membership
3. creates a report on this process to be voted upon at the following GA. At the
beginning of the next GA the EC presents its report.
The exclusion of an MO means that this organisation is not listed as a member
organisation anymore and hence loses all of its rights within FYEG. Following an
exclusion, an organisation that wishes to rejoin FYEG is expected to follow the
entire membership procedure, as a new organisation would.
The rejoining organisation is required to inform GA about changes that happened
in their organisation since leaving FYEG and explanation of their decision about
In case when applying organisation has links to former MO in form of former
members, connection with local green movement or was appointed as a successor by
former MO, they can be granted by GA with full member status immediately with
2/3 majority voting.
1.1.5 Suspension and exclusion in case of non-payment of membership fee
An MO that is present and has not paid the membership fee (cf 5.2) shall not
vote. In case an MO is not present at the GA and has not paid the membership
fee, the presidency will be notified and the matter will be put on the agenda of
the GA. The GA will then discuss the issue and by a vote can give a mandate to
the EC to:
inform said MO via a letter about their situation
make all reasonable efforts to achieve a solution before the following GA
create a report on the process to be voted upon at the following GA. At
the beginning of the next GA the EC presents its report.
If it is established that the concerned organisation has not paid the membership
fee for two consecutive years, the GA will vote on a suspension.
If it is established that the concerned organisation has not paid the membership
fee for three consecutive years, the GA will vote on an exclusion.
In case the MO has no running budget for a particular year (is a suspended
organization) and/or is in debt, the MO can be relieved from the payment of the
MO fee by decision of the GA (see Article 5.2).
1.1.6 Membership reviews
For each General Assembly, the EC will ask each member organisation a very short
summary report of their status and activities.
FYEG Executive Committee presents a summary of those including:
Current status of each organisation (Associate/Candidate/Full)
MO’s successes and achievements over the last year
Participation in previous GAs and FYEG activities throughout the year
Confirmation of the fulfillment of FYEG membership criteria (Cf Article
In case of major changes (change of organisations' name, split in the
organisation, merge with another organisation, change of political affiliation,
contested election, etc.), the EC can propose the General Assembly to vote on
that change. The GA may, among other options, take note of the change or suspend
the membership of the organisation to give sufficient time to the EC to look
into the situation.
1.2 Working with the MOs
1.2.1 MO duties
Each MO should keep FYEG updated about:
changes in the board
valid contact addresses for the MO list and the website
1.2.2 FYEG duties
FYEG will provide the MOs with:
information about statutory meetings
minutes and reports from statutory meetings and long ECMs
a newsletter containing information and participation possibilities in
regularly updated contacts of other Member Organisations
2.1 General Assembly
The general assembly is the highest decision making body. In general it is held
once a year. (cf. Statutes 7.3. for extraordinary GA)
The general assembly is composed of one or two delegates per full MO and one
delegate from each candidate and associate organisation. Each full MO has two
voting rights at the GA if the membership fee is paid. (cf. 1.1.5, 5.2)
MOs should strive to send delegations to GA that are gender-balanced and consist
of delegates maximum aged 30 years old. If the organisation is unable to find
delegates within the age limit, they can send older delegate aged 31-35.
The general assembly can only take binding decisions if more than half of the
Federation’s full MOs are present. (cf. Statutes 7.4)
The delegates can be asked to pay a participation fee for the GA. (cf. 5.3)
People who are employed by FYEG or are members of the FYEG Executive Committee
cannot be delegates to the general assembly. These people can, however, be
The general assembly:
approves/ disapproves the accounts of the previous year, the financial
report and the budget for the upcoming year
approves/ disapproves the action work plan presented by the EC
adopts/ amends political motions, resolutions, amendments to the political
platform, the strategic plan, the statutes and the IRPs
accepts/rejects/suspends/excludes candidate, associate and full MOs
mandates the working groups
Takes note of the current situation of its members and partnerships (cf.
1.1.6 Membership reviews)
the executive committee (EC)
the secretary general (SG)
the advisory committee (AC)
the financial control committee and advisory committee (FCAC)
the editorial board of Ecosprinter (EEB)
resignations of the Secretary General
EC decisions about joining or leaving partnerships and membership within
other organisations/ networks
Changes to the statutory and internal organisational documents take effect from
the first working day after the GA meeting where they were changed. People
elected by the General Assembly will start their mandate from the first working
day after the GA meeting where they were elected, unless other rules apply for
The general assembly has to take note of mandatory reports by:
the executive committee
the secretary general
the treasurer (financial report and mid-term financial plan)
the advisory committee
the financial control and advisory committee
the working groups
2.1.4 Deadlines and calls
The call for hosting the general assembly must be sent out by the 1st of October
of every year with a 1 month deadline. The selection of the hosting MO is done
by the EC.
The remaining deadlines are structured as follows:
12 Weeks before the GA
The EC must send out a call for:
the executive committee
the secretary general (if applicable)
the financial control committee (if applicable)
the advisory committee
call for presidency
The EC must organise an online information session, explaining the
functioning of the GA and promoting the different open positions.
6 Weeks before the GA
registration of delegates
applications of organisations
applications of secretary general candidates
4 Weeks before the GA
Ecosprinter editorial board candidates
and the submission of:
amendments to the political platform, the strategic plan and the IRPs The
EC and Sec-Gen must submit to MOs and GA participants:
their activity reports
the FYEG activity report
the FYEG financial report and the financial plan for the upcoming year •
the proposed FYEG activity plan for the upcoming year
In case the number of candidates is less than the number of positions open
and/or if the gender quota is not met, the EC will re-open the call for a
maximum of 7 calendar days for additional candidates of the underrepresented
gender and/or positions with lacking candidates.
3 weeks before the GA:
Candidacies are published
2 weeks before the GA:
Support letters for candidates are published
The deadline for submitting emergency resolutions must be 2 days before
the start of the GA
At the end of the GA’s first day, the assembly sets a deadline for
amendments and for alternative amendments to the statutes, the IRPs and
the political platform (see 2.1.5). After this deadline no more amendments
are accepted. Only those amendments that have been submitted to the
presidency in understandable writing in due time will be voted upon
2.1.5 Submission of motions and amendments
At the general assembly
the executive committee
have the right to submit motions, resolutions and amendments to motions, the
political platform, the activity plan, the strategic plan, the statutes and the
IRPs, bearing in mind the deadlines specified under 2.1.4. Support of 3 member
organizations is needed in order to table an emergency resolution.
Alternative amendments to the statutes, the IRPs and the Political platform may
be submitted, bearing in mind the deadline specified under 2.1.4. They must be
in the scope of already submitted amendments. The presidency may declare an
alternative amendment ineligible if its scope is different from the original
The general assembly confirms the presidency proposed by the EC before any other
decisions are made.
The presidency then:
chairs the meetings and discussions at the GA
prepares the motions, amendments and voting procedures to the GA
is responsible for taking the minutes of the GA
consists of four to six people who must not be candidates to any positions
at the GA
can be suspended and simultaneously replaced with an absolute two-third
majority by the assembly. Such a vote of no-confidence can be demanded by
at least 5% of the delegates, who must present people for the new
2.1.7 Meeting Rules
Meeting rules regulate the formal sessions of the General Assembly. It regulates
the functioning of the GA in terms of, among others: speaking rights,
organisation of debates, organisation of Compromise Amendments Sessions and
The Meeting Rules are proposed by the outgoing Executive Committee and adopted
by the GA with a simple majority on the first day of the General Assembly. They
can be later changed with a 2/3 majority, if requested by a Member Organisation
or FYEG body.
2.2 Executive Committee
2.2.1 General tasks
The executive committee is the second highest decision-making body in FYEG. It
handles the management of the federation on a day to day basis. Elections for
the EC take place at the GA. (cf. 3.4) For requirements for the application cf.
has the right to make statements on behalf of FYEG, in line with the
political platform and has the obligation to make them public
handles the implementation of the activity plan as decided by the previous
receives and handles applications from organisations that wish to join
FYEG and produces a report for the GA including a voting recommendation
can engage FYEG in partnerships with external networks and organisations.
This type of decision has to be ratified by the following GA
selects members of prepteams and working groups
is responsible for following the budget, with specific responsibilities
assigned to the treasurer
The EC is composed of 8 people
who are elected by the GA with their mandate lasting until the following
whose mandate can be renewed three times
who must not be older than 35
Within the EC there are two spokes-persons, who must not be from the same MO,
the treasurer and five additional members. The Gender Quota described in Article
4.1 applies to the spokespersons.
represent FYEG towards the general public and are a contact point for
people from outside the federation
represent FYEG within EGP and attend EGP Committee meetings
are responsible for the personnel in the office
The mandate of the spokespersons is further stated in the internal
delegation order of the FYEG, adopted by the EC on an annual basis.
prepares the financial report to the EC and the GAs based on the
information delivered from the office, including an analysis of the budget
report based on Gender (Gender Budgetiing) & the list of MO fee paid by
each Member Organisation (see Article 5.2). Between GAs the treasurer
keeps the EC aware of FYEG’s current and future financial situation with
prepares a budget plan for the GA at the end of their mandate, outlining
the next year
has regular meetings with the office during their mandate to check the
checks a report of all financial transactions every two months, which is
to be prepared by the office, and confirms - through e-mail or a live
meeting - all payments to be in line with FYEG's budget and financing
The mandate of the treasurer is further stated in the internal delegation order
of the FYEG, adopted by the EC on an annual basis.
In contrast to the treasurer and the spokespersons the five remaining members of
the EC have no specific tasks. The EC is free to divide tasks among itself,
however it must ensure that the following tasks are taken up:
One responsible for the relationship with GYG (cf. 6.4)
One responsible for the relationship with the CDN
Two persons who are of different gender from the EC are the contact for
people who have experienced sexual harassment at FYEG events. They have
the duty to help the victim and solve the problem. All help is
confidential. Every case will be brought forward to the EC or, where more
appropriate for the specific situation, the AC or the Presidency.
One responsible for the member organisations coordination.
The mandate of the Sec-Gen is further stated in the internal delegation order of
the FYEG, adopted by the EC on an annual basis.
2.3 Secretary General
The Secretary General is elected for a two year mandate at the GA. (cf. 3.4) For
requirements for the application cf. 7.2.3.
The tasks of the Sec-Gen include:
the daily management of the FYEG office, including the financial
management, coordination of the office, meaning employees and volunteers,
as well as assisting the EC. This also includes maintaining and
supervising FYEG’s online communication tools.
the fund-raising, organisation and implementation of FYEG’s campaigns,
projects and statutory meetings
the maintaining of good contacts with FYEG’s partner organisations and MOs
the monitoring of key political events and policy developments on the
European level, in order to serve as a resource for FYEG’s political work
the handling of FYEG’s bank accounts, all payments and the payments’
documentation together with the office
supporting the work of the treasurer with delivering timely, accurate
financial information to the Treasurer and the EC
preparing financial reports and updates together with the Treasurer
(explained in details under the cf. 2.2.2 – Treasurer)
the writing of annual reports to FYEG’s financial partners, together with
If mandated by the EC the Sec-Gen can also take part in meetings and
represent FYEG and its position, according to a clear and limited mandate
given by the EC
2.4 Financial Control and Advisory Committee
At the GA, Members of the financial control and advisory committee are elected
for a two year mandate. (cf. 3.4)
The FCAC is composed of four members. Its members must not be members of the EC
nor financially depending on FYEG.
The FCAC’s tasks include:
At least one meeting a year, dedicated to checking FYEG’s finances. A
written report of this meeting must be submitted to the EC, thereby
providing an internal audit.
the presentation of this yearly report to the delegates at the GA. The
financial report that is to be presented to the GA and all other relevant
material have to be ready and in disposal for the meeting.
Providing recommendations to FYEG Treasurer and Secretary General
regarding the financial management and the financial orientations of FYEG.
It is recommended that the EC and the office share relevant information related
to the finances of the organisation to FCAC throughout the year.
In addition to the Secretary General, FYEG may recruit additional employees for
In principle, all recruitments are made after an open and public call. The
decision on the selected candidate is done in line with the internal delegation
order of the FYEG, adopted by the EC on an annual basis.
The Executive Committee adopts “Guidelines and Rules for the Office” in line
with legal requirements. This document is made available to all employees,
especially when new employees are recruited.
Salaries are decided upon in line with the internal delegation order of the FYEG
( adopted by the EC on an annual basis), based on the financial plans adopted by
the General Assembly.
2.6 Advisory Committee
The Advisory Committee ensures the transfer of knowledge within FYEG and acts as
a conflict resolution body. It is elected for two years at the GA. (cf. 3.4.3)
The AC is composed of 5 members. Action by the AC is taken only upon request by
EC members of other Bodies of FYEG. Its tasks are:
providing their shared experience on a specific subject
assisting in conflict resolution between EC members, members of other
Bodies and/or personnel
If requested by the EC, advising the EC on organizational and structural
In order to enable the AC to fulfill this tasks it is granted the following:
one-way access to the email-list of the EC throughout the year, meaning
the possibility to read conversations but not actively take part
access to the online storing spaces of the EC, without editing rights.
attendance at online or offline meetings of the Executive Committee
During its duty, the AC must respect the secrecy of internal matters. At the GA,
the AC must present a brief overview of the functioning of the EC and personnel.
The AC takes decisions within three weeks, with simple majority, after oral or
written consultation of both conflicting parties, and to the best of all
members’ knowledge. Decisions of the AC have to be provided in written form to
both parties involved and can be revoked by the GA.
2.7 Working groups
Working groups have the following functions within FYEG :
helping with the acquirement and create professional documents on current
and selected topics
providing the groundwork for the formulation of political positions
promoting the involvement of MOs in FYEG.
providing space for a debate between young Green activists on the European
supporting the EC, office and prep-teams in the organisation of events and
communicating FYEG’s positions internally
communicating FYEG’s political positions externally with the approval of
supporting the EC and Prep-teams in policy related preparations for FYEG
A working group consists of at least 5 people from 5 different MOs.
Working groups are formed by the Executive Committee, with a defined scope, aim,
working area and timeframe. This defined scope is outlined by the EC responsible
and working group coordinators at the start of the mandate to complement FYEG's
priorities. The creation of a working group may be planned in the annual
activity plan adopted by the General Assembly but the Executive Committee may
also decide to create ad-hoc working groups.
Each working group shall have two coordinators, at least one of them self-
identifying as woman, trans or genderqueer. These two persons serve as the
contact points for people outside of the working group, handle the working
group’s internal meeting schedule and communication and reports to the EC as
well as the GA. Neither of them can be the EC member.
The EC has to publish a call for interested members. The EC then also chooses
the first members of the working group. The EC can decide if it is possible to
join a working group at a later time and under which conditions this may occur.
A member of the EC should be included in every working group, however this
person cannot be the coordinator. The EC has the possibility to exclude someone
from a WG on the recommendation of the coordinators or at least three members of
the group. The person has the possibility to appeal to the Advisory Committee.
It is recommended not to have more than four working groups active at the same
Working groups must not work against the political platform of FYEG.
2.8 Ecosprinter editorial board
The Ecosprinter is the central platform within FYEG to exchange ideas and
develop political strategies. The Ecosprinter is the MOs magazine of FYEG and is
created by an autonomous editorial board, elected at the GA. The Ecosprinter is
published online and FYEG should strive for a printed version. (cf. 3.4)
The mission of the Ecosprinter is to:
provide a forum for commentary and internal debate
provide the spaces for blogs and articles of members of FYEG
inform about the politics of EGP
provide the member organisations with knowledge about candidates for
report and comment about culture, politics and discussions they believe
are of importance.
The Ecosprinter editorial board:
consist of four members of which only one may be an EC member
has to be gender-balanced
can elect an Editor-in-Chief among its members
work on the mission and development of the Ecosprinter
In case there is not a consensus within the EEB on the election of the Editor-
in-Chief, or an absolute majority (cf. 3.4.1), the EC appoints the Editor-in-
Chief. The role of the editor in chief is to coordinate the work of the EEB and
ensure that the mission of the Ecosprinter is fulfilled.
2.9 Alumni Network
The aims of the alumni network is to:
ensure sustainable transfer of knowledge between different generations of
FYEG activists in terms of political experience, organisational
development, professional development and any other challenges and
opportunities that might arise during one’s time in FYEG.
provide a platform (online and offline; transnational and local) for FYEG
activists and former FYEG activists to meet, learn, get inspired, keep up-
to-date with FYEG and have fun.
support the financial independence of FYEG through donations from former
FYEG activists or organisations linked to them.
The alumni network is neither elected by the general assembly or by the EC, but
people can join the network throughout the year by going through a process
decided on by the EC.
The management of the alumni network is detailed in the internal delegation
order of the FYEG, adopted by the EC on an annual basis.
3. Election and voting procedures
3.1 Voting rights
Every member of a body has one vote, except in the GA and in an electronic vote,
in both of which full MOs have two votes.
Staff members have no voting right at meetings they are part of.
In principle all decisions in FYEG are taken by simple majority.
All voting on people or MOs including electronic voting is done by secret
ballot. The voting body can decide to have other voting procedures processed
through secret ballot.
3.3 Different majorities
Majority of the cast votes, i.e. the number of the “Yes” votes exceed those of
the “No” votes. [Ex: Out of 20 votes: 11 yes, 9 no, 0 abstentions: passed; 1
yes, 0 no, 19 abstentions: passed. 10 yes; 10 no; 0 abstentions. not passed. 10
yes, 9 no, 1 abstention: passed]
Majority (half+1, or half + 0.5 in case of odd number) of the number of votes
distributed at the voting body.
Note that it is number of votes registered, not number of votes cast. This means
that if less than half of the voters are present and vote, this majority can
never be reached.
20 voters registered: need 11 or more yes votes. 21 voters registered: need 11
or more yes votes 22 voters registered: need 12 or more yes votes.
Simple two-thirds majority
Two thirds of the cast votes.
Absolute two-thirds majority
Two thirds of the number of votes distributed at the voting body.
Note that it is the number of votes registered, not the number of votes cast.
This means that if less than two thirds of the voters are present and vote this
majority can never be reached.
20 voters: need 14 yes or more votes
21 voters registered: need 14 or more yes votes
22 voters registered: need 15 or more yes votes
3.4 Election of candidates
The main principle is to rank all candidates according to your preferences
for candidates. Where 1 is your first preference 2 your second preference
and so on.
If no more candidates you wish to vote for remain, voters have the option
to leave the rest of the ballot blank.
Only a completely blank ballot counts as abstention.
To be elected a candidate needs an absolute simple majority.
1 – The candidates who have reached the election threshold (an absolute
majority) are elected.
2 – If some positions are still available, the following process starts:
2a – The left-over votes on candidates reaching the election threshold are
redistributed according to second preferences, using the Single Transferable
Vote system of distribution.
2b - If one or more candidates are ineligible to be elected due to quota
regulations, these candidates are removed from the election. The ballot-papers
that ranked this/these candidate(s) as their first (remaining) preference are
redistributed according to their second preference. The process is then
2c – If one or more candidates have reached the election threshold, that/those
candidate(s) are elected in order from highest to lowest vote count. The process
then starts again from point (2).
2d – If no candidate reaches the threshold in this way, the candidate with the
lowest amount of votes is removed from the election. The ballot-papers that
ranked this candidate as their first remaining preference are redistributed
according to their second preference. The process is then restarted (1).
At the GA:
Concerning the EC elections:
The spokespersons and the treasurer are elected separately from the rest
of the EC positions.
Concerning the election of the advisory committee:
Ex-EC members can advance their candidacy for the advisory committee
before or during the GA.
The newly elected EC will then towards the end of the GA select an
appropriate number of candidates from the pool of candidates and present
them to the GA.
The GA approves or rejects the proposed AC by simple majority vote.
If the proposed AC is rejected the new EC must immediately select new
candidates and present them to the GA
Between General Assemblies:
Concerning the replacement of a resigned EC member:
If an EC member resigns a new EC member can be elected to replace them.
The EC publishes a call for candidates for the vacant position.
Applications are possible by anybody who gains the support of 2 MOs and
have to be directed to the EC and/or the general list
All candidates will be voted through an electronic vote. (see 3.6)
Either the candidate who gained absolute majority is elected or the two
candidates with the highest amounts of votes will be voted on by simple
majority through a second electronic vote.
Any replaced EC member will have full voting rights in the EC. This period
is not considered to be a mandated period and the person still has a right
to be elected to the EC as other new candidates.
Concerning the forced resignation of an EC member:
Two thirds of the EC can propose the resignation of an EC member.
The full MOs vote on the proposed resignation through electronic vote.
The vote is based on two letters: a letter of justification from the
majority of EC proposing the resignation and an optional letter of defense
from the EC member proposed to resign.
If at least one third of the full MOs participate in the vote and a two
third majority is reached the EC member is displaced.
In case of the resignation or incapacity of the Secretary General, the Executive
committee will appoint a Secretary General ad interim within one month since
notification of EC and MOs. This replacement will continue until the election of
a new Secretary General at the subsequent General Assembly or until the
Secretary General is able to resume their duties. The resignation is ratified by
the General Assembly (cl. 3.5.1)
3.5 Voting on subjects
In principle all decisions in FYEG are taken by simple majority. When voting on
subjects the possibilities are YES, NO or abstention.
3.5.1 Exceptions at the GA
An absolute majority is needed to:
accept a candidate or associate MO
suspend an MO
ratify the resignation of the Sec-Gen
revoke decisions of the Advisory Committee
An absolute two-thirds majority is needed to:
accept a full MO
exclude an MO
change the political platform
allow a candidate to run without the support of their MO (cf. 7.2.2)
change the statutes
change the IRPs
change the Strategic Plan
replace the presidency (cf. 2.1.6)
3.5.2 Exceptions in the EC
An absolute majority is needed to:
ask the resignation of the Sec-Gen
An absolute two-thirds majority is needed to:
propose the resignation of a board member
Decisions made on phone/video conferences, chats or via email
communications are binding
If this decision is taken by less than a majority of the EC, the initiator
shall post it to the EC list. The other EC members can recall this
decision within 48 hours with a simple majority of the whole EC
3.6 Electronic voting
The EC can call for an electronic vote between GAs in urgent matters. It is the
duty of the EC to provide enough information for the full MOs to make an
Each full MO has 2 votes and can vote with YES, NO or abstention.
The voting period is set to two weeks with a one week reminder.
The statutes, the IRPs, the Strategic Plan and the political platform cannot be
subject to any electronic vote.
Results will be announced within one week after the closing of the vote and
include detailed information.
4.1 Gender quota
In all elected bodies there must be a minimum of 50% of people that self-
identify as woman, trans or genderqueer.
If there is only one position in a body, there is no quota. However it is
encouraged that people that self-identify as woman, trans or genderqueer
alternate in this position.
4.2 Child care
If requested and possible child care will be provided. If necessary and
possible, for child care all costs for an extra person will be covered.
For travel reimbursements for children of participants cf. 5.4.1. and 5.4.2.
4.3. Sexual harassment, sexist behavior, violence or any kind of discrimination
FYEG has a safer spaces policy, an anti-sexual harassment protocol and
guidelines for persons of contact (see Annexes)
In case of sexual harassment, violence or discrimination by a member of an
elected body within FYEG the EC can exclude the offender (cf. 2.2.2). For
further handling, the EC will follow the anti-sexual harassment policy in Annex
Participants to an event are selected in line with the internal delegation order
of the FYEG, adopted by the EC on an annual basis, striving for gender, age and
The EC decides if the event is open to all or only to delegates of Member
The safer spaces policy and the Anti Sexual Harassment protocol shall be
communicated and presented to all participants.
Prep-teams are temporary bodies, created for the planning, organisation and
follow-up of specific projects.
Prep-teams are set up via an open call procedure.
In line with the internal delegation order of the FYEG, adopted by the EC on an
annual basis, the final decisions on the prep-team's composition and all
necessary replacements are done. They must always:
strive for gender and geographical balance
ensure compliance to specific set of rules imposed by partners and funders
A prepteam can take decisions concerning their project independently. If needed,
a prepteam can consult the EC in order to solve possible internal problems.
5.3 Alcohol and intoxicating substances
Organisers of the event shall make sure that underaged participants are not
exposed to dangerous situations involving alcohol or illegal drugs.
This shall be ensured by, among others, the following measures:
Participants below 16 and those for whom it is forbidden by domestic laws,
shall not consume alcohol or illegal drugs, and one shall not offer any to
them. In the event that this does take place, all parties responsible must
be banned from the rest of the programme. Moreover, their respective MO(s)
shall be notified by the Executive Committee upon violation of these
Alcohol and illegal drugs shall not be consumed during official sessions
part of the programme;
FYEG shall look into organising sessions and parties in other places than
those where alcohol consumption is central, such as bars or clubs;
Members of the Executive Committee and the prep-team shall lead by example
and abstain from excessively drinking alcohol and from using illegal drugs
during an event. Additionally, two people, from either the Executive
Committee or the prep-team, should be appointed to stay sober during the
6. Financial rules and procedures
6.1 Financial management of FYEG
The FYEG financial year starts on 1st of January and ends on 31st of December
and is reflected in FYEG budget. The financial management of FYEG is done by the
decision-making, execution and control of different bodies.
The FYEG bookkeeping is done according to accepted accounting practice.
The bookkeeping is done regularly by the office or by an external accountant,
contracted to do the FYEG bookkeeping throughout the year.
The internal mechanisms are:
the decision-making and control as exercised by the GA (cf. 2.1.2, 2.1.3)
the keeping of the budget by the EC and with specific responsibilities,
the treasurer (cf. 2.2.1)
the concrete actions by the Sec-Gen (cf. 2.3)
the internal audit and control as exercised by the FCAC (cf. 2.4)
Additionally an external audit is provided by an external accountant. An
external auditor is included in case the FYEG financial situation allows it.
6.2. GA and membership fee
Each full MO shall pay an annual membership fee to FYEG. This Membership fee
shall correspond to 1 % of the total incomes of their previous year’s realised
budget with a minimum of 50 EUR for the EU and European Economic Area (Iceland,
Liechtenstein and Norway) and Switzerland and 25 EUR for all other European
By way of derogation to the previous paragraph, the General Assembly may decide,
in duly justified cases, to lower the amount of the membership fee that a Member
Organisation shall pay, following a recommendation of the Executive Committee.
Requests for lowering the Membership fee shall be sent by a Member Organisation
to the Executive Committee at the latest 2 weeks before the GA.
Each full MO shall pay their membership fee for the running year on the first
evening of the GA at the latest, if it has not already been transferred earlier.
Full MOs are requested to provide their annual budget statement for the previous
year at the latest. A document listing the amount of the membership fee paid by
each MO and the way it has been calculated must be annexed to the financial
report of the year in question.
6.3. GA and participation fee
A participation fee to the GA can be set up if the EC finds it necessary.
The following participants of the GA are exempt from paying the participation
one delegate per full MO, candidate MO or associate organisation
members of the presidency (cf. 2.1.6)
If a full MO sends a second delegate the participation fee is halved in case at
least one of the two delegates self-identifies as woman, trans or genderqueer.
Every candidate can request participation fee lowering or exception from the EC.
6.4 Travel reimbursements
6.4.1 General reimbursement rules
Nobody will be reimbursed besides stated below. If a funder of an activity has
stricter rules, those will apply.
As a general principle a person can claim travelling costs below a certain cap
to be reimbursed if:
the participant attended at least 75% of the meeting
all relevant receipts and proof of travel have been handed in within the
deadline communicated for each activity
Exceptions to these rules regarding participants can only be made in
consultation with the treasurer.
The Executive Committee or a Prep-team, in consultation with the treasurer, may
also decide to offer different reimbursement conditions to participants in order
to ensure regional balance and/or to promote sustainable transport modes.
Full reimbursement of travel costs will be granted to:
members of the prepteam of a given activity
Sec-Gen and office personnel
members of the FCAC, traveling to carry out FCAC tasks (cf. 2.4)
6.4.2 Reimbursement practicalities
Train and other public transport travel costs are reimbursed on the basis of a
2nd class ticket or a 1st class if that option is cheaper.
For night trips over 500 km the couchette fee (2nd class) can be covered
Bike trips over 10 km are reimbursed by 1 EUR / km with a maximum of the
price of a second class train ticket and with an absolute maximum of 100
For trips where the travel by train or bus takes more than 12 hours, a
plane ticket will be reimbursed on the basis of an economy class ticket. A
plane ticket can also be reimbursed if the destination was over 750 km or
train-traveling is not possible because of pressing time-table reasons.
Taxi costs will be reimbursed if local transport is not available and if
requested in advance from the organisers.
The necessity of using a private car must be justified in writing and
approved in advance. Travel by car may be reimbursed by 0.2 EUR/km.
Depending on the activity, specific reimbursement rules may apply.
Car sharing should be approved in advance and should be cheaper than
public transportation. The costs have to be documented.
FYEG uses the official conversion rates of the European Commission for
currencies other than Euro:
based on the date of expense if no other donor guidelines apply. Exceptions are
payments with credit cards when the documented conversion rates of the credit
card company apply based on credit card payments statements.
6.4.3 GA travel reimbursements
Full reimbursement of travel costs is granted to:
one delegate per full MO or candidate MO
the Sec-Gen and office personnel
candidates for the EC elections
candidates for the Sec-Gen elections, provided they have received approval
by the pre-selection committee (cf. 7.2.3)
members of the presidency
The EC can decide to reimburse their travel costs if such a request has been
made and all relevant documents have been sent in time, to:
delegates of organisations applying for candidate membership in FYEG
candidates for all open position
the second delegate of a full MO if at least one delegate selfidentifies
as women, trans or genderqueer.
6.5 Participation fees
A participation fee to any activity can be demanded and fixed by the prepteam.
The prepteam can also decide upon exceptions. (cf. 2.9)
If participants are selected for an activity and are not able to participate,
they need to communicate this as soon as possible to the prepteam. Travel
reimbursement cannot be paid in that case. Further information can be found in
the prepteam guidelines.
6.6 Budgets for activities
The office creates a budget for each activity. Final decisions regarding these
budgets are taken by the Treasurer (cf. 2.2.1).
6.7 Expenses covered
6.7.1 Food and food supplies
For meetings covering an entire day, there will be a maximum of 20€ per person
reimbursed. For meetings with at least 4 hours of work, the amount is 10€ per
Exceptions can apply for the staff, depending on their contract.
At every event, vegan food should be offered and its consumption encouraged.
Only vegetarian and vegan food will be reimbursed.
6.7.2 Child care
For child care costs cf. 4.2 and 5.4.
6.7.3. Executive Committee Members Allowance
The members of FYEG Executive Committee are entitled to a monthly allowance up
to a maximum of 100 EUR per month. The FYEG EC members are free to claim the
allowance depending on their need.
The allowance is meant to cover preparation and participation in the following
FYEG activities, including regular EC meetings;
EGP Committee Meetings and Councils;
Study Visits to Member Organisations approved by the EC;
Other events or meetings approved by the EC.
In addition to the monthly allowance, Executive Committee members are entitled
to reimbursement for their costs for travel, accommodation, food and child care
costs when travelling, in accordance with the FYEG reimbursement rules.
The EC member in question makes sure the allowance is declared in line with the
fiscal rules of their country of fiscal residence. FYEG declines responsibility
for any tax liability.
6.7.4 Traveling to statutory meetings
Travel to statutory meetings will be fully reimbursed for people whose presence
is necessary. The EC needs to approve the meeting taking place.
Any individual can attend the meetings. Members not personally known by one of
the official attendees of the meeting concerned shall inform the person in
charge in advance of their intention to join the meeting. This “open meeting”
rule applies except when addressing individual issues, and only after a vote of
the body in session accepting the closing, which won’t last more than 2 hours.
6.7.5 MO visits
A person mandated by the EC (preferably an EC member) can make a visit to an MO
and will be fully reimbursed.
7. Relations with other organisations
7.1 General principles
become a member of other organisations
become a temporary or permanent partner of other organisations
set up new organisations and networks
In all these cases, the EC may take the decision to act between GAs, but the GA
takes the final decision. (cf. 2.1.2)
This applies to:
joining or leaving existing organisations
changing the type of membership within an organisation • starting or
ending a partnership
Furthermore the EC must:
provide a list of organisations that FYEG is a member of, as well as a
description of FYEG’s rights and responsibilities and the contact details
of the concerned organisations
report at the GA about all the partnerships FYEG has maintained during the
year and provide details upon request by a MO
7.2 European Green Party
FYEG is the official youth wing of the European Green Party. Relations between
FYEG and EGP are further specified in the EGP-FYEG relationship agreement.
7.3 Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe
The high level of cooperation between CDN and FYEG and high and usefully mutual
participation at the international events will be encouraged.
CDN holds the status of associate within FYEG and FYEG financially contributes
to the CDN annually.
Relations between two organisations will be explained in detail in the CDN-FYEG
7.4 Global Young Greens
FYEG supports the building and working of GYG, striving to help GYG with
financial and organisational matters.
The spokespersons of FYEG are the official representatives towards GYG.
Additionally, one member of the EC is responsible for contact with the GYG
regional coordinator for Europe and reports to the EC (cf. 2.2.1).
8. Annexes to the IRPs
8.1 Annex 1: Guidelines for International Secretary
The international secretary of MO makes sure that the following info reaches the
national board and relevant others:
invitations to projects of FYEG
GA information (all relevant documents and calls)
discussions about European policy and FYEG’s Future : such as the European
constitution discussion and the IRP discussion
The international secretary makes sure that the following information reaches as
many people (ideally the whole membership) as possible:
info about participating in FYEG activities (not all activities that take
The international secretary is also the promoter of FYEG, they make sure that at
big events of the MO (such as congresses, GA, weekends, summer camps, etc.)
there is an info point about FYEG.
FYEG will provide the MOs with sufficient material to do such promotion.
8.2 Annex 2: Application requirements and procedures for candidates
All data of non-elected candidates shall be destroyed immediately
8.2.1 Applicant Organisations
The applicant organisations shall apply to FYEG through the EC. Their
application shall contain:
a letter signed by their board stating the reason for their application
a copy of the original statutes and a translated version in English
a copy of their political platform (or comparable document) and a
translated version in English
a filled-in questionnaire provided to them by the EC that includes
questions on the number of its members, age limit, list of activities,
budget and all other possibly relevant information, as outlined in FYEG
8.2.2 EC candidates
Candidates for the EC shall provide in their application form:
a detailed CV, copy of passport (form provided by FYEG, is mandatory for
a letter in which they explain their motivation
an outline of what their plans are with the organisation or their vision
one nomination letter from the MO he or she belongs to. If that is not
possible, the MO of which the candidate is from must provide an
explanation for the rejection and the possible candidate has the right to
provide a letter of justification. The letter will be sent to all MO and
the GA will decide, through a vote by 2/3 majority (See 3.5.1) whether
this person is admitted as a candidate or not;
at least one support letter from any MO before the 2 weeks deadline before
Multiple positions holding
FYEG strives to have non-cumulation of positions.
EC members have to be able to combine their commitments to FYEG with whatever
other tasks they may have. Candidates to the EC have to lay open what other
mandates and functions they have.
8.2.3 Sec-Gen candidates
Sec-Gen candidates application must include:
a comprehensive motivation letter, explaining how experiences match the
profile, what the candidate thinks she/he can contribute to FYEG. It
should also establish a vision of a European political youth
organisation’s role. Special emphasis is given to experiences within FYEG
and other Young Green Organisations.
the contact details of two references, preferably employers, supervisors
Further requirements and procedure:
A committee for a pre-selection of the candidates will be set up. The
committee will consist of 4 people: a current FYEG EC member, a former
FYEG Secretary General or office coordinator, one full MO representative
and a 4th member (NGO professional worker).
Only applications including all required documents and sent before the
given deadline will be examined taking into consideration both political
and professional skills of the candidates. These candidates will be given
a written assignment and interview if this is possible.
The committee will assess the candidates’ experience and skills.
Candidates will be given a month to campaign and are expected to present
themselves at the GA. The final decision on the Sec-Gen of FYEG lies with
the final vote of the GA of the organisation.
In case a candidate is not recommended by the committee, they will still
be able to apply for the position and present themselves at the GA, but
the candidacy will not be endorsed by the EC.
8.3 Annex 3: Intellectual property and information technologies policy
8.3.1 Open-Source commitment
As a principle FYEG:
will adopt open source tools (as defined by the Free Software Foundation)
for developing its work.
will run free software on its own computers, specially those to be used in
will use open formats for all public communications, publications and
materials transmitted. • will avoid the use of non-open-source, non-free
contents in its website and all online tools.
will ask for open formats to be used in documents officially addressed to
The use of non-free software may only be justified when no similar free software
is available and when the objective cannot be reached by combining open source
At least one FYEG official e-mail address will count with a GPG signature. All
official e-mail communications from FYEG shall be digitally signed. The public
key will be made available to the public.
8.3.3 Privacy and individual rights
In order to protect the privacy of individuals participating in any FYEG
no pictures shall be posted on public sites or social networks without the
explicit consent of the individuals who can be identified in them.
mailing lists archives and MO listings shall be kept accessible only by
website, in line with legal requirements.
8.4 Annex 4: Safer Spaces
Safer spaces are evolving and not static. We have high expectations on how we
behave towards each other in our meetings, actions and social spaces. Making a
space safer means different things depending on the group of people involved as
each group has different needs. This policy aims to be considered in every
meeting involving FYEG, but the document should evolve as we learn and grow.
As an organisation we build social relationships inside and outside of meetings
and actions. We commit to this Safer Spaces policy wherever we are together,
this includes ensuring that ALL spaces are inclusive and harmless.
If someone violates these agreements a discussion or mediation process can
happen, depending on the wishes of the person who was affected. If a serious
violation happens to the extent that someone feels unsafe, they can be asked to
leave the space and/or speak with one member of the Awareness Group. If
necessary, the Sexual Harassment Protocol will be activated.
1. Respect! Racism, as well as ageism, GSRM-phobia , sexism, ableism or
prejudice based on ethnicity, nationality, class, gender, gender presentation,
language ability, asylum status or religious affiliation is unacceptable and
will be challenged. FYEG has a zero-tolerance policy with any kind of
discrimination, even though we acknowledge that there can be different levels in
a breach of a safe space.
2. Be aware of your privileges! Including racial, class and gender privilege
and/or less obvious or invisible hierarchies. Think about how your words,
opinions and feelings are influenced and who they might exclude or harm.
3. Consent! Respect each other’s physical and emotional boundaries, always get
explicit verbal consent before touching someone or crossing boundaries. Don’t
assume your physical & emotional boundaries are the same as other people’s.
4. Friendly use of language! Be aware of the language you use in discussion and
how you relate to others. Try to speak slowly and clearly and use uncomplicated
language especially when non-natives speakers are involved in the conversation.
5. Don’t anticipate yourself! Avoid assuming the opinions and identifications of
6. Learning; if you don’t understand something, just ask. You may be directed to
a book, website or skill share to learn more. It’s ok to make mistakes. Please
show appreciation for the hard work of others and be considerate when you offer
7. Everyone has their turn; give each person the time and space to speak. In
large groups, or for groups using facilitation: Raise your hand to speak.
8. Calling out; if you have acted or spoken harmfully, even if unintentionally,
expect that someone will bring this up to you. If this happens, listen and
reflect on what they are saying even if you think they may be wrong. Don’t try
to absolve yourself of responsibility.
This policy should be expanded with specific measures and practices to promote
the creation of safer spaces.
FYEG has a zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment at all its events, within
all its structures and during all activities. This protocol is applicable for
those participating in an FYEG activity (General Assembly, Strategic Planning
Committee, Working Group Meeting or any other activity), members of a Member
Organization (MO), or members of an online structure of FYEG, referred to as
“this organization” from now onwards in this protocol.
Anyone who is subject to sexual harassment can approach one of the designated
contact points responsible for receiving complaints of sexual harassment. The
Executive Committee will designate an Awareness Group for anyone presenting
allegations of physical, verbal or online sexual harassment. In accordance with
the IRPs, the Awareness Group will be formed by two persons from the EC who are
of different genders. Additionally, every Prep - Team will designate one person
to be an independent contact person in our projects. However, this person shall
always inform the official contact points if a procedure starts, in the case of
their absence, the main contact will be the Project Manager.
When one of these procedures is open in the organization, the EC as a whole must
be informed of the procedure without details of the people involved or the
presented allegations to respect confidentiality. If a case involves someone
from the EC, the case will be brought to the Advisory Committee (AC). The
Advisory Committee will act as contact points when a case arises, following this
protocol. However, the EC will not be informed until a final decision is made.
These procedures will follow general principles such as the privacy of the
survivor, confidentiality of the process and survivor’s choice and preference.
We respect the presumption of innocence of any alleged harasser which is why
this procedure is in place and has been approved in the General Assembly.
However, as a feminist organization, we also believe in the principle of
believing the survivor and putting the burden of the proof on the alleged
This procedure might be applied to an internal case of a MO if this case is
related to FYEG activity or if the people involved take part in any FYEG
structure. However, we will not be able to extend sanctions or disciplinary
measures beyond FYEG. MOs can however adapt this protocol to their own
When the designated people receive a complaint of sexual harassment, they shall:
1. Immediately record the dates, times and facts of the incident(s);
2. ascertain the views of the survivor as to what outcome they want, ensure the
survivor feels safe and ensure the survivor is separated from the alleged
offender unless the survivor wishes otherwise;
3. ensure that the survivor and the alleged harasser understands FYEG protocol
for dealing with the complaint;
4. discuss and agree the next steps with the alleged survivor, informal, formal
or outside complaints procedure (police, hospital, embassy, etc.), on the
understanding that choosing to resolve the matter informally does not preclude
the survivor from pursuing a formal complaint if they are not satisfied with the
5. keep a confidential record of all discussions. Records will be destroyed if
the alleged survivor requests it, or before the change to a new EC. However, a
record of sanctions and a brief description of the reason will be kept in a safe
6. respect the choice of the survivor;
7. and ensure that the survivor knows that they can lodge the complaint outside
of FYEG through the relevant country/legal framework.
INFORMAL COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE
If the survivor wishes to deal with the matter informally, the designated person
• Approach the alleged harasser saying that the behaviour is offensive,
unwelcome and must be stopped;
• Inform the harasser that FYEG has a zero tolerance policy on sexual harassment
and that disregarding this policy may result in the person’s exclusion from the
• give an opportunity to the alleged harasser to respond to the complaint;
• ensure that the alleged harasser understands the complaints mechanism;
• facilitate discussion between both parties to achieve an informal resolution
which is acceptable to the complainant, provided the alleged survivor agrees,
• ensure that a confidential record is kept of what happened;
• follow up after the outcome of the complaints mechanism to ensure that the
behaviour has stopped and that there is no risk of its repetition;
• And ensure that the above is done accurately and at the latest within 10 days
of the complaint being made. During events, the procedure shall take place
within 48 hours.
FORMAL COMPLAINTS PROCEDURES
If the survivor wants to make a formal complaint or if the informal complaint
mechanism has not led to a satisfactory outcome for the survivor, the formal
complaint mechanism should be used to resolve the matter.
The designated person who initially received the complaint will communicate to
the rest of contact points the opening of a formal complaint procedure. The EC
will be informed of this, respecting the confidentiality of the alleged survivor
and the allegations. The designated person who initially received the complaint
will carry out the investigation with the assistance of the Awareness Group and
the independent contact person at the moment in which allegations were
presented, if any. They will help the investigator with the analysis and
decision making process. A procedure for online harassment shall be developed.
The person carrying out the investigation will:
• interview the survivor and the alleged harasser separately
• interview other relevant third parties separately
• decide whether the incident qualifies as sexual harassment within the meaning
of this protocol
• produce a report detailing the investigations, findings and any
• if the harassment took place, decide what the appropriate remedy for the
survivor is, in consultation with the survivor (i.e. an apology, a change of
• follow up to ensure that the recommendations are implemented, that the
behaviour has stopped and that the survivor is satisfied with the outcome
• if it cannot determine that the harassment took place, they may still make
recommendations to ensure proper functioning of the organization
• keep a record of all actions taken
• ensure that all records concerning the matter are kept confidential
• ensure that the process is done as quickly as possible and in any event within
15 days of the complaint being made
The general rule is to avoid the presence of the alleged harasser in those
places/structures in which the alleged survivor moves. It is vital that the
wishes and needs of the survivors are incorporated into the outcome of the
A data protection protocol will be developed.
OUTSIDE COMPLAINT MECHANISM
This protocol seeks to create a fast and appropriate response to allegations of
sexual harassment. However, it does not seek to substitute existing regulation
and legislation on this issue. We want to make clear that FYEG wants to be fully
supportive with every decision of the alleged survivor.
A person who has been subject to sexual harassment can at any time make a
complaint outside of the organization. Even though this organization cannot
offer legal advice, the contact point(s) will accompany the person to the
instance this person prefers (hospital, police, ombudsperson, law courts,
embassies, etc.) if they request it.
SANCTIONS AND DISCIPLINARY MEASURES
Anyone who has been found to have sexually harassed another person under the
terms of this policy may be sanctioned. Sanctions may include but are not
limited to one of the following :
• Verbal or written warning
• Suspension from an elected or non-elected FYEG structure, in line with FYEG
IRPs when appropriate
Depending on the seriousness of the allegations, the EC, upon request of the
Awareness Group may suspend someone from taking part in any FYEG structure or
activity during the duration of the process. Confidentiality of the survivor
will be maintained.
In case of sexual harassment, violence or discrimination by a member of an
elected body within FYEG (Financial Control Committee, Advisory Committee or
Ecosprinter Board) the EC can exclude the offender after consulting the full
MOs. (cf. 2.2.2). If the case arises within the EC, the Advisory Committee can
exclude the offender after consulting the full MOs.
The nature of the sanctions will depend on the gravity and extent of the
harassment. Suitable deterrent sanctions will be applied to ensure that
incidents of sexual harassment are not treated as trivial. Certain serious
cases, including physical violence, will result in the immediate dismissal of
8.4.3 Guidelines for persons of contact
Read the protocol and understand every aspect
What is sexual harassment? It is unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature which:
Violates your dignity
Makes you feel intimidated, degraded or humiliated
Creates a hostile or offensive environment
Sexual harassment “can include, but is not limited to”, these examples:
Touching, pinching, stroking, squeezing, or brushing against someone
Leering or ogling
Making LGBTIAQ+-phobic or GSRM (Gender, Sexual and Romantic Minorities)-
phobic comments and sexually suggestive signals, winking
Sending unwanted e-mails, text messages, posting sexually-explicit jokes
or content on FYEG communication channels
Sexual comments or jokes
Making insults based on a person’s sex or rating their sexuality
Turning work discussions to sexual topics
Physical behaviour, including unwanted sexual advances, touching and
various forms of sexual assault
Displaying pictures, photos or drawings of a sexual nature
Remember: Whether harassing intentionally or unintentionally, we all have a
responsibility to monitor our behaviour and respect each other. Anyone who
reports an incident has the right to remain anonymous. They also have the right
to feel safe and respected.
Listen and Support
It's tough to be prepared when someone tells you that they have been the
survivor of sexual harassment. Remember, you can only provide support
Support and understanding are essential. It takes a lot of courage for a
survivor to share their experience;
Try to provide a safe/non-judgmental environment, emotional comfort and support
for the survivor to express feelings;
Let them know that they can talk with you. Listen. Don’t rush to provide
The most common reason people choose not to tell anyone about sexual abuse is
the fear that the listener won’t believe them. People rarely lie or exaggerate
about abuse; if someone tells you, it’s because they trust you and needs someone
to talk to.
People rarely make up stories of abuse. It is not necessary for you to decide if
they were “really hurt.” If the survivor says they were hurt, that should be
Believe what the person tells you. It may have been difficult for them to talk
to you and trust you. Unless proven wrong harassment has happened.
Sexual assault is NEVER the survivor’s fault. No one asks to be sexually
assaulted by what they wear, say or do. Let the survivor know that only the
perpetrator is to blame;
The survivor needs to hear that fears, anxieties, guilt and anger are normal,
understandable and acceptable emotions;
Remember, no one ever deserves to be abused or harassed.
Don’t press for details – let the person decide how much to tell you. Ask them
how you can help;
Survivors have to struggle with complex decisions and feelings of powerlessness,
trying to make decisions for them may only increase that sense of powerlessness;
You can be supportive by helping them to identify all the available options and
then help them by supporting their decision making process (here refer to the
The survivor can’t just “forget it” or just move on. Recovery is a long term
process and each individual moves at their own pace
Encourage the survivor to seek medical attention, report the assault, and or
contact a professional if needed. Remember, the survivor must ultimately make
the decision as to what to do. They are the experts in their own lives. Don’t
push. Remember, support their choices no matter what they decide.
Respect Privacy - Confidentiality
Don’t tell others what the survivor tells you. Let the individual decide who
they will tell. It is important not to share information with others who are not
If you do need to share information for their safety, get permission by letting
them know what you will share and with whom it will be shared; ie. the rest of
contact points in case of a formal complaint
An important part of helping the survivor is to identify ways in which the
survivor can re-establish their sense of physical and emotional safety. You are
a step in the process. Ask them what would make them feel safe and how you can
help them accomplish this.
If the stalking or harassment is ongoing, help them to develop a plan of what to
do if they are in immediate danger. Having a specific plan and preparing in
advance can be important if the harassment escalates.
Things you can say
It is hard to know what to say to a person when they confide in you. Refrain
from asking a lot of questions, instead, support them with these phrases. Let
the person know that you believe that they have the strength and capacity to
● It’s not your fault
● I’m sorry this happened
● I believe you
● How can I help you?
● I am glad you told me
● I’ll support your choices
● You’re not alone
FYEG aims to use language in its communications and its events that reflects the
level of English spoken within an organisation of mostly non-native speakers.
FYEG promotes the use of inclusive and accessible language within the
organisation. FYEG attempts to reduce the shame of using simple language. We do
this to make sure that everyone feels welcome to participate and contribute.
Clarifying the mentoring role we want the advisory committee to have.