8 December, 2016

EYF Highlights 2016

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Category: Activism, Combating online hate, Council of Europe, Cyberbullying, Discrimination, Education, Educational activity, Human Rights
Menno Ettema
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Some European Youth Foundation highlights from 2016

In 2016, young Europeans have developed some great ideas to combat hate speech and stereotypes. Among the EYF-supported projects related to Hate Speech, some have especially grabbed our attention:

  • In 2016, the Hate Fighters Network (HFN) developed various initiatives in 8 different countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Bulgaria, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Belgium, Albania and Greece), such as a song that promotes the fight against hate speech (https://youtu.be/zAMTbfO-1ak). They even created an official dance that its members can use for flash mobs in local communities. More information is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4RlmpkVrFc&feature=youtu.be
  • Concerned about Golden Dawn’s growing popularity, the neo-Nazi party, the Greek NGO Youthorama (http://www.youthorama.gr/) decided to develop a 6-month project called “Democracism” to raise awareness in local schools, media and community of issues like racism and hate speech (http://www.youthorama.gr/index3.html). In May, the “No hate panda” addressed children followed by a theatre performance in August when 14 young people telling the love story of a local young person and a migrant, they acted in their own play (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNifeAuAiCg). The young participants made a book with articles and photos taken during these events.

More information on other projects supported by the EYF can be found on the website.


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