no hate speech
The internet has changed the types and possibilities of human interaction. The internet has given us the possibility to communicate with any other person in the world; Everyone with access to the internet is now both publisher and public speaker. This is a novelty that few would want reversed, but it should not surprise us that the ever-expanding world of online interaction has also come to reflect and feed back into many of the difficulties that human beings have historically encountered in their ‘real’ existence.
Intolerance and ‘hate’ have been a feature of human society almost since time began. A number of studies have identified an increase in these attitudes over recent years. The problem is that if there is less tolerance of differences, and if the constraints on that intolerance are not watched, then intolerance – and hate – will find expression, both in the things that people do and in the things they say. The internet has opened up new ways of saying things, and it has opened up new avenues to say them to more people. The constraints, however, on what we can say online are far fewer than those which exist off-line: we can say things over the Internet that we would not dare to say in public in the ‘real’ world. If hate speech offline is a problem that societies have recognised, and found the need to address, is online hate speech something that we can ignore? Of course not.
From 2012 till 2017, Advisory Council on Youth of Council of Europe runned the No Hate Speech Movement, the campaign that aimed to combat the hate speech online in all its forms, and with this “Say No to hate speech” project we want to contribute to making internet a safer place for young people and to prevent human rights violation online.
A project “Say No to hate speech” is a long-term project aiming at combating with the hate speech online among young people, if approved it will consist of TC and YE:
– the first activity, a training course will be run in Russia. This will be TC for youth workers teachers and trainers aiming to equip them with knowledge and skills on how to tackle the topic of hate speech with young people through non-formal education. The objectives of TC are described at the activity details part of A1;
– the second activity (YE) will be run in Berlin. That will be a youth exchange on internet literacy, that will involve not just young people but also bloggers and online activists. The objectives of YE are described at the activity details part of A2.
After this LTTC, we expect that each partner organisation will start the online campaign “Be the change: make internet safe for everybody”.
The project is funded by Erasmus + Program. The accommodation, food, exchange activities will be covered by the organisers.
Young people are already suffering from online hate speech:
– across Europe, 6% of 9 to 16-year-old Internet users reported having been bullied online, and 3% confessed to having bullied others;
– 16% of young Internet users in Europe say they have posted comments on the Internet that were hateful towards a person or group of people;
– 78% of the respondents of an online survey stated they had encountered hate speech online on a regular basis. The three most recurrent targets of hate speech were: LGBT people (70%), Muslims including refugees and migrants of Muslim origin (60%) and women.
The problem is huge, and it becomes bigger and bigger especially in nowadays when we all face economic breakdown and unemployment as result, huge refugee wave, raise of extremism and terrorism etc. All those challenges contribute to spreading hate speech online, as young people are in the situation of ambiguity and frustration.
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Our offers of international trainings are addressed to:
– persons 18 years and older;
– youth workers: educators, teachers, pedagogues, social workers, volunteers, youth leaders etc;
– personnel of training institutions and civil society organisations.
We distinguish between participant contribution and total costs. The participant contribution is between 50 Euro and 100 Euro, depending on the project. If the contribution is too high, we will always find a way for you to participate in the project. Please contact us!
Our trainings are designed for youth workers, educators etc. who would like to foster their knowledge and skills in the field of non-formal education and empower young people, to learn more about youth work strategies in the partner countries and extend intercultural background as well as to share own professional expereriences with other participants.
We expect our participants
– to be involved in all project phases;
– to co-design the project, it’s activities, results, evaluation and dissemination;
– to share their professional knowledge and skills with colleagues in terms of peer education.
– all participants are obliged to take PCR tests: upon departure from Germany, upon arrival in a partner country and upon departure from it;
– participants are obliged to wear FPP2 masks in public places;
– organisers will provide masks and sanitizers for everybody during the full course of the project;
– the host party will ensure the sufficient degree of safety regarding the living conditions and program activities – for example – execution of project activities in well-ventilated areas or on fresh air, keeping a safe distance from other visitors or avoiding any outside contact when executing such activities;
– in case of infection – isolation of the participant, splitting the costs of medical treatment between three parties – receiving and sending organization and the participant.