“Inclusion Online” was an Erasmus+ Youth Workers’ Mobility Action (Training Course) which took place in Gaziantep/Turkey between 17-24 July 2019 organised by an “Youthist“.

Summary:

There was a panel about “Hate Speech and How to Combat Hate Speech Online” in Albania organised by Council of Europe and hosted by Youth Ministry of Albania. Our 3 members have participated in that panel. As a team, we went to a deeper research on the topic of hate speech after seeing these examples within the panel. Then we prepared this Project after relating / linking hate speech with human rights, equality, justice. We have noticed that our team members are having the same issue like being different from other with ethnic group, supported football team, mother tongue, geographical, life style etc. And we also noticed how much we were targeted with hate speech on social media. We have also used the outcomes of our ex Erasmus+ Training Course called “Social Justice on Social Media“.

Then after this, we got help from our team member who Works with No Hate Speech Movement on the topic. We have learnt how to protect ourselves from online bullying and online hate speech. We have noticed that only a small part of the community ( specially who have been volunteering and working in an NGO) is aware of the topic. Many people not necessarily from any kind of the sector and or living in a city have been faced and / or targeted to hate speech online; they do not respond to hate speech, not even recognizing it and they don’t know where to report it. After seeing this we went deeper and found ourselves in “human rights violations” We ask to people “where to apply and where to report in the situation of human rights violations?”.

And this question was not asked to strangers, we ask it to our family, friends, colleagues and daily seen people. And we noticed that; most of the people don’t know where to report human rights violations. And we ask second question which was; “what would you do if you have been in a situation of human rights violations”, and got the answers; – “I hide it.”, “I don’t tell anyone.”, I don’t want people to know and make fun of me.”. Another reason why we do this Project is; members of our team is a part of minorities and they have been positive and negative discriminated people. Our participants too will share their experiences and problems that they have faced in their own life and country.

Youthist brought 29 youth workers together from partnering countries.

Participants Profile:
– +18 years old actively involved in youth field
– have participated minimum in 1 youth project before
– able to communicate in English
– interested in the topics of hate speech, human rights and social media
– young people with fewer opportunities
– have experience on working with refugees is a plus
– able to disseminate results and learning outcomes from this TC with the other young people
– competenet about nonformal learning
– Working in the field of youth with Erasmus+ Youth and have motivation to continue
– facilitator, trainer, and youth worker

Methodologies and general aim:
All activities are equipped with social media tools and prepared with non-formal education methods. In the long run of the project; to improve the knowledge, skills and attitudes / capacities of youth workers and the institutions, organizations and target groups they work with in terms of human rights, social inclusion, social media and social justice. This is to remove the hate speech and discrimination between the European Union and the candidate countries.

Objectives and results:
– To develop a common and mobilizing understanding of social justice in the youth field;
– to create awareness about what to do in the situation of “human rights violations
– To share and exchange about the various grass-root realities of the participants in the field of citizens’ action through media and social media;
– To increase knowledge of the possible actions and opportunities offered by these media;
– To create a joint citizens’ interventions through these different media and to initiate networking and follow-up processes among the participants.

 

Impact:
At the end of the project, participants received basic human rights training and competence in combating online hate speech. Cooperation between young people in Europe was encouraged.

 

More details are coming!

 

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