Our identity is not concealed in our names, but is revealed in our actions, because we do not go undercover. We are people, citizens from different spheres of creativity. There is a value that unites us – the desire to showcase our art and culture from different perspectives, to revive and develop it. Some of us draw in colors, some in the digital world, some in words. We do not want to hide in the shadow of cultural and artistic achievements of the past, we are looking for new achievements, new initiatives and, in short, new breaths. Since creativity does not know the boundaries, we are here to explore and share what we have found, translate and deliver it to you. We are the display area, the platform and the transmitting point at the same time.

You can be sure is that we are not doing anything wrong. And if we come home late or have been online on social network for a long time, that means we work. Yes, yes, we work. After all, providing a web site with 10 headings and 34 subheadings consistent information flow is not an easy job, so we don’t have everybody to work with us, and we don’t deal with every type of information in our turn. The key is to be clear about what we do. It is true that there are and will be attempts to play horseback in the TV space, which is not only limited to Internet but is now considered to be “old school”. We organized exhibitions and social events, held live nights with DJs, organized a festival at the top of the mountains. It is not the end, but only beginning of a long journey. Our charities, of course, are different and they are different from all charity events held in the country, not from the material point of view, but from the point of view of the content, the social message it carries and, ultimately, the methodology. As they say, not only do we do it right, but also we do well.

“If not us, who else will do it”, “Even if nobody else does, we will do it”, “Don’t do and say, but don’t say and do” and likewise expressions are not ours. We do our job simply because we want to do it, and we are happy to listen to those who want to work in the arts and culture and those who take the initiative. The reason why we do it is not related to our sense of self-expression only; it is something like a sacred function performed. The art that exists between existence and poverty is, in fact, a nuance that shows us how we exist. Civilizations do not stay in history by wars and occupation, genocide and massacres; large societies have their own cultural heritage and artistic footprints. We also leave our footprints, assist those who leave their footprints show footprints. That is it.

These rules (“Rules”) includes the strategy and procedures implemented by “VarYox” LLC (“VarYox” or “Organization”) under the policy of Prevention from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation.

The terms that are used in this regulation:

Sexual exploitation – any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, threatening or profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. 

Sexual abuse – the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

 General Provisions

VarYox has a zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse. VarYox will not tolerate its staff, associates, partners or any other representatives associated with the delivery of its work to engage in any form of sexual exploitation or abuse. Vulnerable adults, women and children are particularly at risk of sexual exploitation and abuse. VarYox is committed to protecting all communities that the organisation works with from sexual exploitation and abuse at all times. Please see definitions for a full outline who is included in the community. The purpose of the PSEA Framework, including the policy, procedures and resources, is to establish an outline of the importance of the framework and clear procedures. This policy ensures that all VarYox staff, associates, and partners are aware of their role and responsibilities in keeping communities and stakeholders safe from any form of sexual exploitation or abuse. The policy clarifies definitions and responsibilities regarding prohibited behaviour and the associated PSEA procedures outline the reporting and investigation processes.

Accountability Statement

Accountability is formulated based on the rules and internal procedures, which includes the below-mentioned points:

  • The PSEA policy applies to all VarYox staff, associates, and partners who must comply with its requirements and understand the sanctions that may be applied for breaches of the policy.
  • Where required by law or local practices, VarYox may enhance the standards as set out in this policy.
  • This commitment will be evidenced through reading and understanding the policy and the rules.
  • Training in this policy is mandatory for all VarYox staff, associates, and partners
  • The director and all employee of VarYox are responsible for its implementation.
  • It is the responsibility of all representatives of VarYox to raise any concerns regarding sexual exploitation and abuse
  • VarYox takes all concerns and complaints seriously and will initiate a comprehensive investigation of complaints that are in violation of this policy and take disciplinary and possibly legal action as warranted.

VarYox’s Obligations
VarYox believes that all people have a right to live their lives free from sexual exploitation and abuse and will not tolerate its staff, associate, or partners engaging in any sort of behaviour that puts beneficiaries or communities at risk. To that end, VarYox commits to: 
1. Creating a safe culture for both those it serves and those who work for and represent the organisation. 
2. Following through on any complaints and concerns in a timely manner through its Safeguarding Committee and taking each complaint seriously.
3. Sensitising staff, associates, and partners, around how to make a complaint.
4. Ensuring zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse. 
5. Building a culture of dignity, honor and respect where all those who work with and are served by VarYox feel empowered to report complaints. 
6. Educating staff, associates, and partners that sexual exploitation and abuse constitute gross misconduct and are grounds for termination of employment and possibly legal action.
7. Providing information on how to report complaints and the investigation procedure. 
8. Ensuring that all staff, associates, and partners have access to the PSEA policy and procedures as well as all other related safeguarding policies. 
9. Providing training to all staff, associates, and partners on PSEA.
Staff Responsibility

  • All staff, associates, and partners are required to adhere to this policy at all times and are obliged to report any suspicions of sexual exploitation and abuse of others.
  • All staff, associates, and partners are required to acknowledge of having read and understood the policy.

Employees, business partners and partners of the organization, in case of violation of any provision of these Rules, may be prosecuted and dismissed by the management in the manner and to the extent established by the relevant legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Safeguarding Committee

In the event of concerns and complaints, the Organization shall promptly establish a Committee to Protect against Sexual Exploitation and Rape (“Safeguarding Committee”) to conduct a thorough investigation and, if necessary, to take disciplinary and other legal action.
The Safeguarding Committee is comprised of 5 members: 
1. One woman in a Senior Management Role 
2. Three members will be from across different departments of the organization. 
3. A fifth member who is an external expert in harassment, sexual exploitation or abuse. 

Representation in the Safeguarding Committee should be based on gender equality. The Safeguarding Committee undertakes to inform employees about sexual exploitation, sexual violence, sexual harassment, harassment, and necessary protection, to listen to concerns and complaints, to investigate them and to take other appropriate measures.

They will be trained by the Safeguarding Committee on all security rules, as well as by the management of the reporting and investigation process, and will be familiar with the relevant legislation in advance. The Defense Committee will also be provided with specialized first aid training so that they can provide appropriate support when needed.

After a thorough and thorough investigation of the concerns and complaints, the defense committee will require the accused to pay appropriate compensation to the victim and immediately dismiss them.

Confidentiality of Complaint 

VarYox will maintain the confidentiality of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse in order to protect the integrity of the investigation into complaints received by the organization and to prevent embarrassment, discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Confidential information obtained by any employee during the investigation shall not be disclosed to other persons, except as provided by the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Concerns about the confidentiality of information provided by individuals, the information provided by them will be treated as sensitively as possible, and the information will not be disclosed to others unnecessarily.

However, VarYox cannot guarantee complete confidentiality, as the Organization cannot conduct an effective investigation without disclosing certain information to the alleged perpetrator of sexual exploitation, sexual violence, sexual harassment, abuse, rape and other offenses. VarYox will only share information on allegations of sexual exploitation, abuse and rape with those who need to know about it. Records of complaints of sexual abuse, sexual violence, sexual harassment, abuse and rape will be kept confidential on the same basis.

Our Team

Azer Memmedli aka Azy

Illustrator

Dadash Musayev

Video Editor

dadash [at] varyox [dot] az

Azad Ali

Videography

project [dot] manager [at] varyox [dot] az

Vusal Rahim

Artist, Project Manager of "Cultural Intent"

Hasan Agha

VJ/Reporter

Mətləb Bağırov

Art Coordinator

artcoordinator [at] varyox [dot] az

Lesley Gray

Creative Consultant

Sitara Ibrahimbayli

Founder / Creative Director

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Tanzila Baghirova

Coordinator

coordinator [at] varyox [dot] az

Javid Agha

Content Manager

cavid [at] varyox [dot] az

Shahla Babayeva

Resource Development and International Relations Coordinator

Ayna Moazzen

Curator