To what extent the way we speak and communicate can influence the perception of the “other”? This section includes examples in relation to breaking down stereotypes and discouraging discrimination through Anti-Rumour campaigns, conflict resolution and partnerships with Media to foster positive diversity awareness.

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Don’t rumour, be open

Albert Einstein said “it is harder to crack prejudice than an atom”. The Antirumours Strategy is precisely about that, a combination of public policy and social movement aimed at dismantle stereotypes, prejudices and rumours. And what for? Because they hinder coexistence, facilitate...

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Patras Carnival embraces all!

Patras, Greece

Patras Carnival is the largest carnival event in Greece. It measures more than 180 years history. It is not an isolated event but a series of events including dances, exhibitions, parades, “treasure” hunt (a contest among carnival groups based on games of problems solving), carnival of children,...

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Barcelona - Why an anti-rumours strategy?

Barcelona, Spain

In today's world learning to live together in diversity is a global and shared challenge in which the role of cities is crucial. The intercultural approach to manage diversity promoted by the ICC programme of the Council of Europe emphasises, among other principles, the need to promote positive...

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Promote the integration of foreign populations in the Neuchâtel Community

Neuchâtel - Commitee for integration and multicultural cohesion (ICMC)

Neuchâtel, Switzerland

In 1991, Neuchâtel State Council created a working Committee for the social integration of foreigners (CNTISE). In 1996 it acquired a broader legal basis with the law on the integration of foreigners and was renamed to Committee integration and multicultural cohesion (ICMC). Its mandate is to...

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Intercultural mediators to integrate migrants in local communities

Patras - SONETOR Seminar - Contribution of intercultural mediators to the social inclusion of migrants

Patras, Greece

The European project SONETOR is the first systematic effort internationally to design services that meet the professional needs of intercultural mediators1.Within this framework, a seminar on, the “Contribution of intercultural mediators in the social inclusion of migrants" was held on Tuesday...

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Diversity as an enriching element of intercultural cities

Oslo - OXLO Business Charter

Oslo, Norway

OXLO Business Charter was launched at the Oslo 2013 Global Mobility Forum, by Hallstein Bjercke, Vice Mayor for Cultural Affairs and Business Development. The Charter creates a forum and a network for collaboration between the city and the business community, making migrants visible as a resource...

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How to prevent rumours

Botkyrka - Anti-rumours cafés

Botkyrka, Sweden

In Botkyrka, Sweeden, anti-rumours cafés have been set up in libraries as a public platform to discuss and explore rumours and prejudices. Libraries were chosen as they are well attended by young people aged 18-25 years old, the main target of the C4i campaign in Botkyrka. All in all, 4...

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Botkyrka - Rumours in Botkyrka – a study of common rumours which harm an intercultural Botkyrka

Botkyrka, Sweden

The spreading of rumours is a central feature of the mechanisms which exclude and stigmatise marginalized groups in the society. The Multicultural Centre has been commissioned by the Municipality of Botkyrka, Sweden, and the Council of Europe to make a study of common rumours which are...

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How the web will help promoting inclusion and integration

Bilbao - Anti-Rumour Web Application

Bilbao, Spain

The main metaphor used in the Bilbao communication campaign is the umbrella as a defence against rumours, that fall from the sky. It has developed a short game, in two forms of a scratch card and a Web app, that can allow the user to assess whether they are ‘protected’ from or ‘drenched’ by...

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Discouraging prejudices through art and dialogue

Amadora: promoting "expression through art" and "positive dialogue"

Amadora, Portugal

As part of the campaign “Do not Feed the Rumor!” launched by Amadora’s City Council in September 2014, the city has set up a kite contest for all primary and secondary schools. The contest is held between 2 March and 30 April 2015. The results will be presented to the public on May 21 (World Day...

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