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Regional training seminar on Bookmarks, Combating Hate Speech through Human Rights Education

The training activity took place
in Porto, Portugal
organised by European Campaign secretariat of the No Hate Speech Movement of the Council of Europe and the Portuguese Institute for Sports and Youth
Reference person

Menno Ettema

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Aims & objectives

The aim of the training seminar was to build participants’ competences to combat hate speech online and promote human rights on and offline through human rights education and campaigning.
The training had the following objectives:
a. To develop participants’ understanding of hate speech as a human rights issue.
b. To develop participants’ ability to use Bookmarks as a resource in setting up educational and awareness raising initiatives in the framework of the No Hate Speech Movement.
c. To develop participants’ ability to use the online tools of the campaign to increase visibility of the No Hate Speech Movement and support its Action Days.
d. To share and learn from each other’s work, good practices and challenges.
e. To develop follow-up actions involving the stakeholders of the campaign that: (i) Strengthen the National Campaigns in the South European region; (ii) Strengthen regional cooperation between national campaigns and partners.

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

The group was composed by 24 participants from France, Italy, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, and Spain. Many were highly experienced, and had been actively involved in their national campaigns – and in youth work generally. The team was composed by 2 senior trainers and 1 junior trainer, with the support of the European Coordinator of the NHSM.

Training methods used & main activities

The programme of the training seminar was designed to cover seven main areas:
1. Understanding hate speech online and its negative consequences for human rights, democracy and the rule of law online and offline.
2. Understanding the role of human rights education in combating hate speech
3. How to use Bookmarks as a tool, and develop human rights education activities based on it.
4. Using human rights narratives as a response to hate speech through education and campaign activities.
5. Using the online campaign tools.
6. Developing local and regional campaign and education activities to strengthen the national campaigns.
7. Group building activities and evaluation of the course.
Methods used included group discussion, self and context reflections, experiential learning activities, sharing moments and specific thematic sessions. Some examples are:
:: Say it worse from Bookmarks
:: An adaptation of Web Profiles from Bookmarks

Outcomes of the activity

Apart from a good conceptual understanding of the no hate speech under a Human Rights perspective and competences developed in campaining the training created the conditions to design follow up actions. Participants developed follow up actions both on thematic issues (homophobic, islamophobic, sexist hate speech, hate speech against refugees) and on national development of the campaign.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I was a full time senior trainer resposible, together with the rest of the team, for:
:: Design a coherent training programme
:: Design and deliver training sessions
:: Feedback and co-facilitate other training sessions
:: Support participans in their learning processes
:: Evaluate the training and deliver the final report

I worked on this training for 4 days as a full time trainer.

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