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WE CAN (2019-2021)

CEJI is a partner of the ‘WE CAN for human rights speech’ project,  which aims to help organisations and young activists fighting hate speech become more efficient by providing them with user friendly tools and training, which will be developed through evidence-based research. The project will also update the “WE CAN!” manual which was prepared by the No Hate Speech Movement.

The WECAN4HRS is co-ordinated by the Council of Europe with partners as (Active Watch (Romania), APICE (Italy), Neue Deutsche Medienmacher (Germany) and CEJI (Belgium).

The project goals are two-fold:

  • To help organisations and young activists fighting hate speech to become more efficient by providing them user friendly tools (developed via evidencebased research and simplified and updated previous materials generated by NHSM) and with trainings
  • To consolidate the cooperation among these organisations and activists at the European level and help them in developing new partnerships with social media companies, other networks of NGOs and national authorities.

Throughout the duration of the project, it will:

  • Research on how to identify situations most likely to generate waves of hate speech, and on timing and ways of engaging in counter and alternative narratives to have maximum impact. The results will help activists and NGOs be prepared for action and be more effective;
  • Develop toolkits and trainings to analyse hate speech, develop human rights-based narratives and communication strategies;
  • Organise trainings for trainers;
  • Organise thematic seminars on ways to counter some of the most common forms of hate speech, antisemitic, anti-Muslim or anti-Roma discourse.
  • Launch and monitor short human rights based narrative campaigns.

WECAN for human rights speech is funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020) and the Council of Europe.

More information can be found on the project website.