7 March, 2017

Newsletter N° 56, March 2017

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Category: Campaign Newsletter
Eric Miller
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Call out sexist hate speech online!

Dear Subscriber,

Sexist hate speech is wide spread undermining the realisation of women’s rights and gender equality, found the participants in the Seminar Combatting Sexist Hate Speech.
Call out sexist hate speech, label it online and counter it with positive examples of gender equality and human rights. On 8 March, International Women’s day, join the Action Day to Counter Sexist Hate Speech.

Action Day

Sexist hate speech builds on narratives reaffirming gender stereotypes. Many of them are so common that hate speech becomes trivialised, a simple joke, not realising they justify gender discrimination and sexism. Female
journalist, politicians and celebrities targeted by hate speech most often receive threats of sexual violence. It has a chilling effect on other women. Girls hesitate to express themselves freely online, seeing what
happens to other that do. 8 March is the moment to stand for gender equality and human rights for all! Participate in the Selfie Chain (Re)action and the Thunderclap. Label Sexist Hate Speech online making visible the extent of the problem. Raise awareness, through Education about gender equality,
or organise a thematic film night. Go online for more actions and information.

Join the Action Day, countering Sexist Hate Speech is a shared responsibility!


Eliminate Discrimination of Women youth publication

A youth version of CEDAW, the United Nation Convention on the Elimination
of all forms of Discrimination Against Women, has been published. Other recently published International publications regarding gender equality can be found on the Council of Europe Gender Equality unit news page.

Addressing Gender Stereotypes in the Classroom

Between 16-20 January Wikigender hosted online discussions how to achieve a conducive environment for adolescent girls’ learning?” The concluding webinar with experts from UNESCO,
Council of Europe, UN Girls’ Education Initiative and Forum for African Women Educationalists can be watched online.

National Campaigns

Romania: Combatting sexist hate speech among students

On 8-10 March the info-seminar on combatting sexists hate speech among students at the Public library in Bucharest will review the consequences of sexist hate speech and seek ways to counter it with 150 students, human
rights activists, journalists and policy makers. The event is organised by "JUNII" Youth NGO.

Poland: Young People for Human Rights

On 21-22 February 70 representatives from ministries for youth affairs, youth organisations and national campaigns from the Visegrad Group and Eastern Partnership countries met in Warsaw. Taking the No Hate Speech Movement
as a reference point, the participants developed youth activities and projects to promote Human Rights.  The event was organised under the Polish presidency of the Visegrad Group by the Polish Ministry of National
Education and Polish National Agency of Erasmus+. For more go online.

Campaign Partners

Video: ‘be the Change’

An international youth exchange “Be the change and heal the world”, organized by Don Bosco Mission Bonn, gathered 40
young people from 8 countries in Bonn. The video report captures what they learned about the mechanisms of extremism, discrimination, social exclusion and hate speech.

Communication without gender stereotypes

A practical guide for public communication without gender stereotypes was published
by the French High Council for Equality between Women and Men. The Ministry of Children, Families and Women’s Rights, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Professional Training
and Social Dialogue of France all committed to use the guide.

Upcoming Events

Launching of We CAN!

On 20 March the manual We CAN! Taking action on Hate Speech through Counter and Alternative Narratives will be launched by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. The rest of the week 40 campaign
activists and youth workers will following a 5 day training on the manual and develop plans for its dissemination through their campaign activities.

Joined action at the EYCS

The organisations IFM-SEI and YEE will organise a joint campaign evening for 8 March during their study sessions at the European Youth Centre Strasbourg
(EYCS). YEE participants work to strengthen gender equality and perspectives in environmental project and youth organisations. IFM-SEI participants will explore how youth organisations can support young refugees and migrants.

UN event on Sexist Hate Speech

Held on 14 March during the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN Headquarters in New York, the event aims at raising awareness and
knowledge of the Council of Europe standards and action to tackle sexist hate speech. It is organised by the Council of Europe and the Permanent Missions of Cyprus, Bulgaria, Belgium, Andorra and Liechtenstein to the
United Nations.

Blog posts

Word of the Day
is an umbrella term for any harm that is perpetrated against a person’s will, that is the result of gendered power inequities that exploit distinctions between males and females, among males, and among females.

(Abstracted from Gender Matters, Chapter 2)

“How can we effect change in the world when only half of it is invited or feel welcome to participate in the conversation?”
Emma Watson


2012-2017. Directorate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation, Council of Europe, Youth Department.
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