IS THIS IT?...Evaluation Conference of the No Hate Speech Movement youth campaign

Evaluation Conference of the No Hate Speech Movement youth campaign
European Youth Centre, Strasbourg, 10-12 April 2018

Evaluation conference of the No Hate Speech movement gathered around 150 participants that were in some way involved in the campaign since 2012, such as the representatives of the national campaign committees and support groups; online activists; European partners; national and regional authorities; educational professional and youth activists from many different countries. Conference was a place to look back at all the achievements, activities and materials that were created and to draw a conclusion after consulting all the present parties. 

Is this it?

As a reminder for the ones that don’t know much about this campaign, The No Hate Speech Movement youth campaign was initiated by the Council of Europe in 2012 and prolonged in May 2015 until the end of 2017 by the Committee of Ministers, as part of the Council of Europe Action Plan on the fight against violent extremism and radicalisation leading to terrorism. The campaign has been and is present in 45 countries, has been implemented together with some 70 European partners and has mobilised thousands of activists online and offline. Campaign was also introduced in other countries that are not European such as Tunisia, Canada, Sri Lanka and more.

It was a great pleasure to represent all the work that SCI did within the campaign, apart from supporting the Action days there were activities organized by SCI Germany, SCI Romania, SCI France, SCI Sri Lanka and more. SCI was involved in the No Hate Speech Campaign from the start. Participants developed and implemented their own national and international activities (from street actions to international seminars, from Study Sessions at the European Youth Centres to online events and creating an online platform and FB page) to strengthen the campaign. The No Hate Speech Campaign is widely known throughout the SCI network, with activities in support being held all over the world, reaching a large number of young people. Something that people really liked was that SCI Sri Lanka organized No Hate Speech activity since that was the first activity in Asian countries.

At the conference that was also broadcasted live, participants had a chance to hear from Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland, who made a speech and thanked all the people involved. He emphasized the importance of the movement that affected many national governments to recognize hate speech as something dangerous. He expressed admiration for having so many people involved and also he reminded everybody that though the campaign is finished, the movement and national coordinating committees still exist and that they will keep on working, now focused on exercising influence on the higher authorities to make new policies and laws against hate speech. At the end Chair of the Advisory council on youthm, Anja Olin-Pape and Antje Rothemund, Head of the Youth department of the Council of Europe also emphasized  the importance of this campaign and they thanked each person that was involved.

For more information please check the following links, here you will find the conclusion of the conference, evaluation findings and more:

Ivana Kostadinovic
(member of the SAVA and No More War Working groups CT)



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