WE CAN for human rights speech
Berlin 3 April 2020
Belgium, Italy, France, Germany, Romania 20 March 2020
12 March 2020
- to help organisations and young activists fighting hate speech to become more efficient by providing them user friendly tools (developed via evidencebased research and simplified and updated previous materials generated by NHSM) and with trainings
- to consolidate the cooperation among these organisations and activists at the European level and help them in developing new partnerships with social media companies, other networks of NGOs and national authorities.
This project is funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020) and the Council of Europe. This document represents the views of the author only and is their sole responsibility. The European Commission does not accept any responsibility for the use that may be made of the information it contains.
- Research on how to identify situations most likely to generate waves of hate speech, and on timing and ways of engaging in counter and alternative narratives to have maximum impact. The results will help activists and NGOs be prepared for action and be more effective;
- Development of toolkits and trainings to analyse hate speech, develop human rights-based narratives and communication strategies;
- Organising trainings for trainers;
- Organising thematic seminars on ways to counter some of the most common forms of hate speech, antisemitic, anti-Muslim or anti-Roma discourse.
- Launching and monitoring short human rights based narrative campaigns.
The project is being implemented by a consortium led by the Council of Europe's No Hate Speech and Co-operation Unit which supports member states and NGOs to address hate speech, hate crime and discrimination through a range of co-operation projects.
ActiveWatch is member of the NHSM national committee in Romania and has gained extensive experience with monitoring hate speech. Their annual national report on hate speech provides qualitative content analysis of the hate narratives and its potential impact on the state of human rights and democracy in the country.
APICE is the national coordinating organisation of the NHSM national committee in Italy. Since the publication of ‘We CAN!’, they have led three successful European trainings based on the manual and several national trainings, among others funded via Erasmus+. Together with the organisations of the national committee, Amnesty International Italy and others, they have rolled out online counter narrative campaigns responding to hate incidents.
Neue Deutsche Medienmacher e.V. (NdM), is the coordinating organisation of the NHSM national committee in Germany. NdM developed expertise in design of long-term counter narrative strategies. With a successful media strategy in place the organisation also developed expertise in responding to hate comments on their channels.
CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe stands with people of all backgrounds to promote a Europe of diversity and respect. With over 25 years of experience in the field of anti-discrimination education and advocacy, CEJI offers specific trainings on unconscious bias, religious diversity, overcoming antisemitism and overcoming islamophobia. Through the Facing Facts project series, that aims to improve responses to hate crime and hate speech in Europe, the staff developed a unique expertise in facilitating multi-stakeholder co-operation across a diverse range of communities.
The project furthermore seeks to engage with national committees of the No Hate Speech Movement, European Network NGO’s and other members engaged in the EU High Level group on combating racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance.