The “Block the hatred. Share the love!” campaign dedicated to counter the phenomenon of hate speech in the Western Balkans, launched in social media in December last year, is now going local. It is engaging important public figures and personalities in the quest to fight hate speech, particularly towards members of vulnerable groups, who have already been affected by stigma and discrimination during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Starting from June, awareness raising activities and promotional products will be organised to reach communities and people in the Western Balkans. To introduce the campaign in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia our first six “No Hate” Ambassadors, prominent figures in the public scene in the Western Balkans, joined our movement.
We are proud to present our first Ambassadors: Alban Skënderaj, singer, songwriter, composer, actor, producer and television personality from Albania, Edo Maajka, rapper, record producer and songwriter from Bosnia and Herzegovina; Uta Ibrahimi, famous alpinist from Kosovo; Danka Kovinić, professional tennis player from Montenegro; Vlatko Stefanovski, ethno-rock jazz fusion guitar virtuoso singer from North Macedonia and Sara Jo, singer-songwriter and dancer from Serbia.
They will be in the forehead of our campaign, supporting the activities and awareness raising initiatives in the region, thus we invite you to join them in this movement, to meet them personally in our activities and share their powerful messages. They have joined their voices to encourage everyone not to hide and be silent but to engage and commit to tear down the walls of hate and build new foundations of love and respect.
Coming from different personal and professional backgrounds, different nationalities and beliefs, they all have a common message to share about respect, diversity and tolerance. They joined this campaign because they believe that they can make a change towards a more inclusive and equal society. Because they believe in the fundamental values of human dignity, freedom and equality which lays in the foundation of Europe today.
We are grateful to have Alban, Edo, Uta, Danka, Vlatko and Sara joining our quest because we believe that together we can Block the hatred, Shared the love!
The campaign is implemented within the action on “Promotion of diversity and equality in the Western Balkans”, that is a part of the joint European Union/Council of Europe programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022”, implemented by the Anti-Discrimination Department of the Council of Europe.
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.