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Workshop: Building human rights narratives to counter antisemitic hate speech

14/09/2021

Organised within the WE CAN for human rights speech project by CEJI and the Council of Europe

Background

Antisemitic hate speech has always been prevalent on social media platforms, but the COVID-19 pandemic combined with the spread of old and new conspiracies has seen an increase in online hate. There is no doubt that antisemitism online needs to be countered, but what if instead of simply countering it, we could provide a more appealing alternative?

The WE CAN workshop on building human rights narratives aims to help participants develop positive messages in light of antisemitism by walking them through each step of creating a campaign, from crafting a human rights message to creating the visuals with the help of a professional designer – all this over an intensive, two full day-long workshop.

Learning objectives and outcomes

This workshop will allow you to

  • Develop an understanding of antisemitic hate speech
  • Gain knowledge on how human rights-based narratives can be effective in tackling hate speech
  • Craft your own human rights-based narrative
  • Turn your ideas into beautiful visuals with the help of a graphic designer
  • Prepare a campaign in detail and run it following the workshop over the month of November

Workshop details

The workshop will take place over two days on the 13th and 14th October. Click here to register!

Please note that this workshop is particularly intensive. As you will be working in groups and each day builds on the previous, it is important that you are able to attend all the sessions during the two days. By applying via the registration form, you commit to be there for each session.

Agenda

The first morning will focus on what we need to address, creating an understanding of antisemitism and reflecting on our own personal experiences. Following that, we will focus on the values we stand for, namely human rights, discussing which human rights can work the best in face of hate speech and how we can create our own human-right based messages. The last and main part of the workshop will focus on putting all this into practice, where we will start working on the campaign plan and work with designers to help create the online messages.

A detailed agenda will be sent to confirmed participants before the workshop starts.

After the workshop

The workshop doesn’t end with the last day of training: early November we will campaign together online, making an effort to replace antisemitic hate speech with human rights-based narratives in some of the corners of the internet!

Throughout November, we will also keep in touch to support you where needed, to share your posts and to hear from you on how your campaign materials perform.

Registration

Sounds interesting? Click here to fill out the registration form.

Please note that registration does not mean automatic enrolment – we will send an email confirmation to selected participants after the registration closes.

This activity 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.