Enough with Sexist hate speech!

Dear Subscriber,

Time for a refreshing start of the Campaign. The prolonged Campaign will continues to mobilise youth for human rights and against hate speech in the online space through education and awareness-raising. But more needs to be done! Hate Speech needs to be denounced and reported. In the coming two years the Campaign will give specific attention to sexist and antisemitic hate speech, hate speech targeting refugees and the root causes of radicalisation.

So let’s act against sexist hate speech on 8 March; International Women’s day.

Combating sexist hate speech
Women were identified among the top three targets of hate speech in the Youth Department survey on online hate speech in 2015. The 1st European Action Day of 2016 will address sexist hate speech on 8 March – International Women’s Day. Ahead of the Action Day, the Youth Department and the Department of Equality and Dignity of the Council of Europe co-organised a seminar in Strasbourg from 10 to 12 February during which approaches to counter the problem were identified.  More information about the seminar, its outcomes and a detailed background note on sexist hate speech can be found in the campaign blog.
Latest News

Refreshed European Secretariat

The European Campaign secretariat has been strengthened with the arrival of Menno Ettema as the No Hate Speech Campaign Coordinator and Estelle Glessinger as Assistant to the Campaign. They work from the European Youth Centre Strasbourg as part of the Education and Training Division of the Youth Department.

Bookmarks Training with the City of Strasbourg

The European Youth Centre in Strasbourg hosted a two day training course on 19 and 20 January based on Bookmarks for youth workers, staff of youth centres, sport and volunteer organisations. The City of Strasbourg is actively working with the Council of Europe to set up a local action plan and support group for the Campaign.
National Campaigns

The Campaign continues near you

A growing number of ministries responsible for youth affairs have confirmed their commitment to the continuation of the Campaign for 2016-17. Following the announcement of the prolongation of the Campaign, the National Campaign Committees continue the coordination of the Campaign at national level. In addition Luxembourg, Germany and Greece have already announced they will join the campaign in 2016. Visit the Campaign site for contact details of your National Campaign Committees and join the Campaign near you.

Winning video on Cyberbullying

The Campaign in Albania announced the winner of their video competition. Watch the winning video ‘cyberbullying and hate speech in school’.

Life without Labels

Young Ukrainians expressed their opinion towards hate speech and bullying through the photo exhibition “True ‘reality’: life without labels” devoted to the Safer Internet Day. This social project is realised by the Ukrainian NGO team “Institute of creative innovations” with photos of Leonid Shevchuk. The exhibition is hosted by Zhytomyr regional universal scientific library after Oleh Olzhych.

New National Campaign Committee in Bulgaria

The International Youth Centre in Stara Zagora hosted 18 representatives of government and NGOs, to establish the National Campaign Committee. The meeting also identified activities to be organised in 2016, including a series of events at the four International Youth Centres in Bulgaria funded by the EEA-Norway grants. Among the proposed activities will be a LGBTQI Marathon March for the upcoming European Action Day of 8 March against sexist hate speech.

Publication of Bookmarks in Ukrainian

The Ukrainian translation of Bookmarks – a manual for combating hate speech online through human rights education, has been published. Copies of the manual and other versions can be requested via youth.nohatespeech@coe.int
Campaign Partners

Get the Trolls out!

This project of the Media Diversity Institute responds to the concerning rise in antisemitic attitudes and statements that lead to hate speech and crime and the danger that such attitudes are gaining traction among young people. By engaging young people to expose prejudices through creative education, humour, theatre, fact-based messages and complaints. Visit their site: Get the Trolls Out!
Upcoming Events

European Action Day
Against Sexist Hate Speech

Reporting Hate Speech

8 March – International Women’s Day – is the first Action Day against sexist hate speech. During the day we will raise awareness about the extent of the problem of sexist hate speech in Europe and speak up for gender equality and Human Rights of women in all fields of life. Find out what is happening near you for International Women’s Day, connect and promote the campaign and share your ideas for actions and personal stories with us through the Campaign Facebook page or by email youth.nohatespeechmovement@coe.int The Youth Department has contracted a consultant to map existing reporting mechanisms for hate speech and crime, including cyberbullying in the member states. You can contribute to the study by sending relevant reports or by completing a questionnaire. For more information contact Satu Valtere through youth.nohatespeechmovement@coe.int

Reporting hate speech on social media platforms is an integral part of the study. A very useful existing example is the Cyber-Safety Action Guide developed by the Anti-Defamation League.
Blog Posts

New Advisory Council on Youth

The newly appointed youth representatives in the statutory bodies of the Council of Europe’s youth sector expressed their commitment to the renewed Campaign. Read More.

Hearts for the Parliamentary Assembly

On the occasion of the end of her presidency of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Anne Brasseur gave a Campaign button to all members of the Assembly. In an in-depth interview she argues for democratic principles and that the values of Human Rights are essential to enjoy freedom in Europe today. Read More.
Word of the moment


Gender is strongly linked to society’s expectations and is not exclusively a biological matter.

“Culture does not make People. People make culture.
If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture,
then we can and must make it our culture.”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
12 April 2013, TedxEuston

Social Flow

Think about this image, in case you find yourself in a similar situation while arguing against hate speech and speaking up fot Human Rights.

Posted by No Hate Speech Movement on 13 January 2016.

"Media shows that women have problems, ad men have solutions."
Maria Edström, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

No Hate Speech (@nohate_speech) on 22 January 2016.

Before anything else, we're all human. Embrace diversity and help end bias.

#LoveHasNoLabels #nohatespeech

No Hate Speech (@nohate_speech) on 26 January 2016.