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.
- In September 2016, the Cypriot NGO Aequitas launched an online-platform called “Say No to Hate Speech” in Nicosia (http://www.notohatespeech.com./). It contains useful information on understanding hate speech. On the website (http://www.aequitas-humanrights.org/portfolio/say-no-to-hate-speech-young-people-empowered/) find details about this tool which has been developed for young people, for example, an online chat system offering support and information for victims of hate speech, their families and friends.
More information on other projects supported by the EYF can be found on the website.