Hate speech and narratives

What exactly is a hate speech? Would you be able to recognise it? What kind of narratives does your community tackle mostly? 

Find out the communities and hateful narratives we'll be working with.


ActionAid - Italy

In Italy, ActionAid is working with a mixed group made up of activists committed to the issues of gender equality and citizenship rights, and young people aiming at rebuilding their self-confidence and reintegrating into work.

Critically analysing the context - in particular, the story that is made of it in the media - the group is learning how to recognise and deconstruct hate and/or discriminatory narratives to propose counter-narratives aimed at building a more open and inclusive society.

ADEL - Slovakia

Our primary target group are young people from a disadvantaged part of East Slovakia, who often face hate-speech or stereotypes from others and lack many opportunities.

However, our expert has experience in working with Roma youth. Therefore, we started planning our next activities together with this target group as well

CGE - Germany

We are reaching out to the local community in Thüringen region, which is experiencing demographical shrinkage and far-right movement. We will be working with young people coming from economically disadvantaged city districts, where nationalism and racism are very present. People living here are generally poor and have fewer opportunities, especially for youth.

CID - Macedonia

We will be working with young people between 14 and 25 years old, with few opportunities to engage in activities after school, or willing to transform their community and contribute to positive change.

Fryshuset - Sweden

Fryshuset has chosen to work with a group of males and females between the ages of 15-20 years, from a disadvantaged area called Vivalla

Commonly in Sweden, young people from these kinds of areas feel left out, have a lack of trust in governments and authorities and basically feel left out of society. We want to give these people a platform where they can speak about their individual experiences on hate speech, as can be for a young black male from Vivalla or Rinkeby. In Sweden, people of colour have fewer opportunities, which means that there is a lot of frustration in these kinds of communities. 

We have a strong feeling that this project will be appreciated and might plant some ideas for some of the participants to continue to work with these kinds of questions. We also believe that this might encourage them to speak about what they believe in and what they want to change. Hopefully, this will be a good start for our youths to stand up for themself and be brave enough to speak about issues they are experiencing.  

MC BIT - Slovenia

Our participants are University students from the rural area of our region. They are currently students of university in our capital city Ljubljana. All of them are ex students of High School Črnomelj, so they are familiar with the topic we are working on.

MOJU - Portugal

Our group has a diversified background, from socioeconomically disadvantaged families living in social projects neighbourhoods to young people from middle-class families. They all struggle with some issues related to gender expression, racial discrimination, psychological problems, bullying, domestic violence, and others.

From such a varied background, we've been able to work on a lot of topics. Sometimes it is difficult for the group to pinpoint just one main issue, so we have been taking our time exploring different strategies and topics. We have experienced a lot of non-formal education activities in different and exciting settings to explore the issues, push our conceptualization skills, and to help us reflect on several ideas. Finally, we selected discrimination on Race, Gender Expression, and School progress/expectation

Sauga ANK - Estonia

We aimed to include young people from 4 different areas of Tori municipality (Sauga, Tori, Sindi, Are) to get different views and opinions from mentioned areas. Sauga Open Youth Center has started a group process setting up and acting as a team. The youth group mapped the situation of young people in their community, discussed differences, addressed hate speech and conducted various discussions on the topic: how it is expressed at school, at home, in the public sphere, at the social level, etc.

The youth group composition is very diverse. We considered different settlements like centres of attraction, peripheral areas of Tori municipality, but also young people educational background (basic school, secondary school, vocational school), gender equality and their participation in public life, and still their employment and social backgrounds.

USB - Greece

Our local group consists of teenagers living in the outskirts of our city, Thessaloniki. The west side of Thessaloniki is known as the industrial area. Industrial areas are considered to be underdeveloped since there was no plan of inhabiting the place. After the boom of the financial crisis, many areas are now resided by people in difficult financial situations. Our disadvantaged group is young adults who grow up in such a place.

Specifically, they cannot participate so easily or not at all sometimes to the cultural, political and educational training, classes, cultural events, political protests etc. They all live in different areas of the western part of the city, which are basically small communities with very few opportunities to gain access to the political-economical and cultural arena of life. Commuting to the city and the centre of it, it’s quite difficult. The reasons behind it are the lack of public transport and the travel expenses someone needs to get to the city.

YEU - Belgium

Our local actions will be developed through RainbowHouse Brussels (RBH), whose main aim is to fight for LGBTQIA+ rights. Our goal is to recognise and identify hate speech and narratives towards LGBTQIA+ collective, and to create a counter-narrative and mechanisms to destroy the formers.

The local youth group participating in the project consists of young LGBTQI+ individuals, aged between 21 and 29 years old, living or frequenting Brussels and facing difficulties in their community. They have non-Belgian origins; most of them arrived in Belgium recently, and represent a diverse group of queer young adults. They have experienced discrimination in various ways - from non-verbal, to verbal, to violent - be it at the workplace, in the streets, or even in the intimate circle of family. The discrimination is based on their publicly displayed sexual orientation, combined with other socio-political factors such as race, being foreign or not matching with the beauty standards.