- Published: 27 February 2019
Gender Alternatives Foundation is proud to participate in an international project - HIT – Hate Interrupter Teams: Youth counteracting hate speech towards migrants and minorities through participatory and creative campaigning, emerged from the need to explore and establish innovative ways to empower young people (aged 14-19) to tackle racism, xenophobia and discrimination aimed at migrants. Hate Interrupter Teams (HITs) will address the perpetrators of hate speech and behaviour (HSBM) through creative digital media-based ‘showcases’, imaginative role play and artistic techniques. The project prioritises and explores creative strategies on raising awareness on HSBM, and on empowering young people to counteract hate speech.
The project’s aims are in line with the objectives of the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Work Programme 2017 and the Justice Work Programme 2017, specifically through its focus on best practice identification and production to counteract racism and xenophobia with a focus on HSBM through counter-narratives. It does so by being pivoted upon the development and interaction of the HITs and Stakeholder Boards (SBs) at both country and transnational level, centring upon the empowerment of communities of youth and community leaders via a holistic approach, using artistic and creative digital expression to foster social cohesion and stimulate a sense of inclusion.
HIT comprises nine organisations, from seven EU countries (Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Spain, Germany, Bulgaria and the UK), with extensive experience in working with young people facing social exclusion. These are - Collage Arts, Rinova: UK; Mulab : Italy; Gender Alternatives Foundation: Bulgaria; The Smile of the Child : Greece; MetropolisNet : Germany; CEPS: Spain; Frederick University: Cyprus; “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center: Cyprus. This strategic partnership brings together diverse, complementary knowledge and expertise for successfully empowering young people and creating innovative strategies to combat hate speech and behaviour.