Dear all, The Council of Europe Youth Department is launching a new flagship project ‘Young people combating hate speech online’ spanning over 2012 and 2013. The project aims to combat racism and discrimination in their online expression of hate speech by equipping young people and youth organisations with the competences necessary to recognise and act against such human rights violations.
The project stands for equality in dignity, human rights and diversity. It is a project against hate speech, racism and discrimination in their online expression. Centred around a training course and online campaigning, the project stands for action and intervention. The project places young people and youth organisations at the core of action and initiative. It consists of a series of activities that complement and intertwine. The campaign will have an European dimension, but it is expected to have national and regional focus, therefore increasing the chances for real impact as racist and discriminatory content and speech is often distributed in local languages. The campaign should therefore ensure that the voices, experiences and concerns expressed at local and regional level have visibility and role in shaping the European youth policy agenda.
Essential to the campaign and the project is the training of online activists and bloggers that will be the core group in shaping and carrying out this campaign. The community of online activists gathered by the training course should shape and support the online campaign along with the other different features of the project. The first training course is taking place in the European Youth Centre Budapest between 20-27 May 2012.
We have launched now the call for participants for the first training course and we are calling on you to support us in distributing it as widely as possible through your networks and contacts so that it reaches as many as possible concerned young bloggers and online activists. The deadline for applications is 19 April 2012.
Many thanks, Ruxandra Pandea, Educational Advisor, DG II – DEMOCRACY, Directorate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation, Department of Youth, Phone: +36 1 4381032, Websites: Council of Europe/Youth; Council of Europe/Youth Peace Ambassadors; Living, Learning, Acting for Human Rights.