DO-IT-YOURSELF COUNTER AND ALTER-NATIVE NARRATIVES AGAINST HATE SPEECH
Counter and alternative narratives (CANs) combat hate speech by discrediting and deconstructing the narratives on which they are based while pro-posing (alternative) narratives based on human rights and democratic values, such as openness, respect for difference, freedom and equality. They do so by providing alternative and accurate information, by using appealing emotions on the issues involved, and by accounting to different perspectives and views. the project aims to equip those in contact with young
public with the necessary skills firstly to help young people build up their resistance and critical thinking skills, so as not to become attracted by extremist and populist ideas, oppressive and hate-driven narratives and secondly to become the advocate and campaigner for human rights using
CANs. The project is based on non-formal education methods.
Two activists of Beyond Barriers with experience in no hate speech projects are participating in the fisrt training of the project to enlarge their information regarding the topic and improve their skills. The activity is being held in Rustavi, Georgia from 07.01.2010- 17.01.2020 within participation of 30 participants from Balkans, Europe and Caucasian region. After the training participants form BBA that took part in the training will organize local workshop in Tirana, Albania where they will share their experience and deliverer workshops to provide their peers with information about No hate speech.
One of the participants expresses that:
I had a very special experience in the seminar on hate speech held in Rustavi, Georgia where I was representing Beyond Barriers and discussing how our societies should deal
with hate speech, prejudice and discrimination. Building events that explain reality and oppose misconceptions based on distorted societies, showing the true side of any story, being accountable to the encounter of various problems and paving the way for a new perspective. Respect for human rights, democratic values, respect for common differences, freedoms and equality, became an essential part of these discussions.