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The No Hate Speech Movement is organising a European Action Day countering Sexist Hate Speech* on the 8th March 2016. Connected to the International Women’s Day we would like to publish different stories and articles connected to the issue of sexist hate speech on the Internet, on social media, in online journalism, in online games and in online marketing.
If you have a personal story to share, or if you have been researching in this field, or if you have an opinion on this matter please do not hesitate to write it and send to the activists of the Movement to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will publish it here in the No Hate Blog between 6-10 March and also publish it on the Facebook Page of Movement and share it #nohatespeech
The Concept of the Action Day
The Movement speaks up for Human Rights and combat hate speech in all forms of expression towards all targeted groups of people. Discrimination, multiple discrimination and hate speech against women is a serious issue still in today’s Europe. The No Hate Speech Movement will for the first time address sexism and gender equality through its Action Day on 8th March this year. The actions will focus on combating sexism and sexist hate speech online and offline. It is very important to explain that sexism is also a form of Human Rights violation and hate speech against women increases violence against women. Sexist hate speech aims to humiliate and objectify women, to destroy their reputation and to make them vulnerable and fearful. It is a form of social shaming, and it is spreading the message that the women are less human beings. Gender motivated hate speech creates, reinforces and perpetuates gender hierarchy in public places and destroys equality, solidarity and inclusion in all communities. The No Hate Speech Movement aims to raise awareness about sexist hate speech online and its risks for democracy and its tragic consequences for individual young people and invites its followers to take part in different actions that will be designed with the following objectives.
Objectives of the Action Day:
- To raise awareness about the extent of the problem of online sexist hate speech in Europe through statistics, figures and personal stories,
- To speak up for gender equality and Human Rights of women in all fields of life by giving positive examples of counter narratives,
- To reach out to men inviting them to speak up for equal rights and express solidarity and support to women,
- To share good practices of educational tools for working with sexism, sexist hate speech and discrimination toward women,
*Sexist hate speech as a legal term does not yet exist but legal documents support its inclusion. Sexist hate speech targeting women has been referred to in several terms such as “sexualised hate speech”, “sexist hate speech”, “cyber gender harassment”, or “cybersexism”. The aims are to humiliate and objectify women, to destroy their reputation and to make them vulnerable and fearful. It is a form of social shaming, spreading the message that the woman is not a full human being. Gender motivated hate speech creates, reinforces and perpetuates gender hierarchy in public places. Freedom of expression as a fundamental human right has enjoyed a solid place within the human rights discourse and the increasing use of Internet has made it easy for users to share their thoughts publicly, instantly and anonymously. It is enshrined in several legally binding human rights instruments but its exercise might be subject to restrictions prescribed by law, such as the prohibition of hate speech. The feeling of impunity and the thought of the Internet as disconnected from real life have contributed to the spread of hate speech but also of a specific kind directed at women. Sexist hate speech prevents women to enjoy their right to freedom of expression and their participation in the online space.