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Anti-hate campaign launched by HFC

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Hope For Children CRC Policy Centre (HFC) launched Monday a week-long awareness campaign aimed at counteracting racism and xenophobia.

The event is part of the European programme ‘HIT: Hate Interrupter Teams: Youth counteracting hate speech towards migrants and minorities through participatory and creative campaign’.

“HIT addresses the development of new networks and spaces for dialogue and exchange, awareness raising activities and campaigns as well as the exchange of good practices, to people aged 14-19 years old with the help of experienced mentors and professionals,” HFC said.

“In this way, they are offering a new capacity building model that is highly transferable across Europe, and at national level for both authorities and practitioners alike to replicate and adapt.”

The project is co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship programme of the European Commission.

During the awareness raising week, HFC will be posting accounts, the activities that took place, and the products that have been created during the HIT journey from the young participants, on its social media.

“Celebrity figures of our island have expressed their support towards the HIT project by creating short videos and by getting involved during the week to the ongoing efforts to neutralise any form of hate speech,” HFC said.

In a bid to actively engage more people HFC will be posting a Tik-Tok video that will give social media users the opportunity to actively participate in the campaign by encouraging them to “tag us and share.”

As a continuation of the HIT project, the upcoming series of events include an intercultural dialogue meeting and a final European conference, bringing together young people and stakeholders from seven EU countries, an event open to the public.

Due to the newly introduced governments’ measures across Europe against the second wave of Covid-19 the partners are unable to hold face-to-face gatherings and both events will be held online with exact dates and time to be announced soon.

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