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Private: New cohort! WE CAN – Understand and counter hate speech

Back by popular demand, a new Facing Facts – WE CAN cohort is scheduled for this fall to cater to all participants who have missed the previous one or has recently built an appetite to understanding hate speech.

What is this course about?

Hate speech is rampant across social media channels and there is a a clear need to both counter it and to establish alternative narratives. Recent and ongoing crises, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, have magnified and exposed hateful and discriminatory narratives, urging everyday netizens to respond and to prevent it from spreading further.

The WE CAN-Understand and counter hate speech course aims to equip participants with the necessary knowledge for recognizing hate speech, and to support them in countering it by presenting a multitude of ways, from counter-speech to alternative campaigns, and importantly, human rights-based narratives.

The course also features the findings and tools from the ongoing “WE CAN for human rights speech” project.

The newly revised version of the hate speech course supports participants to:

  • Develop an understanding of what hate speech is
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of hate speech on individuals and communities
  • Gain a better understanding of how hate speech and free speech relate to each other
  • Identify various forms of counter-speech and prepare a personal action-plan
  • Set up safety measures before engaging with hate speech

Who is this course for?

This practice-oriented course will aim to equip young activists, youth workers and organizations fighting hate speech to become more efficient by providing theoretical knowledge combined with practical tools and tips. It will also provide an opportunity to connect with a community of like-minded activists and practitioners across Europe.

Who are my teachers?

The course materials have been developed by a team of practitioners with a range of experience across NGOs and social media companies. Your tutor will be Julia Mozer, Communication and Hate Speech Policy Advisor at CEJI.

How will I learn?

You will engage with your fellow learners, course tutors and visiting experts through discussion forums, live tutorials and online activities.

Video presentations, research exercises, ‘in-conversation’ pieces with key practitioners, quizzes, and discussion forums, links to resources, practice examples and case studies, all comprise our methodology.

Together we will discuss and explore contemporary challenges, such as the role of misinformation and conspiracy theories in creating a fertile ground for hate speech, the various forms counter-speech can take and how we should approach it, as well as how each individual can do their part.

How can I get a certificate?

Upon successful course completion, you will be eligible for applying for an online certificate. More details will be communicated on this within the course.

How can I register?

Click here to fill out the online registration form to indicate your interest until the 15th October. Please note that the registration form itself does not mean automatic enrolment – you will receive an email to confirm your attendance by the 18th October.


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This project is funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020). The European Commission does not accept any responsibility for the use that may be made of the information it contains.