Aequitas implemented this pilot project on tackling hate speech, which was funded by the European Youth Foundation.
The pilot project included four 3-day seminars (they took place in Platres, Cyprus between November and December 2019), the creation of a handbook and dissemination.
The general objective of the project was to function as an initiative to combat hate speech (mainly online) against LGBTQI and migrants/refugees. Apart from the emphasis on human rights, there was a particular emphasis on the root causes and manifestations of hate speech as well as on the legal framework around the phenomenon and the ways to tackle it.
During the four seminars we used a non formal education and learner-centric approach in order to explore the theoretical and legal framework of hate speech and to learn how to tackle it online.
During the seminars we trained participants on the effective ways to report online hate speech in some of the most popular social media platforms.
DEVELOPMENT OF RECOMMENDATIONS
In the framework of the project, we developed with the participants recommendations for educational and awareness raising purposes, which are relevant to:
1. The civil society and relevant stakeholders, and
2. the IT companies
Those recommendations are included in the handbook.
DEVELOPMENT OF A STRATEGY FOR ACTION
During the seminars we explored possibilities for action to tackle the hate speech and we developed a strategy for action – included in the handbook
Aequitas created a handbook as part of this project. The main focus of this document is present key information about hate speech, along with the recommendations of the participants as well as the strategy for action, as well as a directory for relevant and competent organizations and stakeholders.
This handbook has been printed in Greek and English and was disseminated to Non Governmental Organizations and other relevant stakeholders.
Click here to find the document
You can find our press release by clicking here.