The “Residential Training Course on Using Tools to Develop Human Rights Narratives to Counter Hate Speech” organized by APICE was held from December 8 to 12 in Casapesenna – Italy.
The course brought together members of the activist group of the Movement against Hate Speech in Italy as well as youth workers and young people engaged at different levels in the fight against hate. It aimed to familiarize participants with the toolkit developed by the “We CAN for Human Rights Speech” project and to enable them to use it in their daily practice while developing counter-narratives and alternative narratives to hate speech. .
The group met at Il Paguro, a youth hostel built in a confiscated camorra house run by Giosef Italy. The program, based on a non-formal education approach, began with a first moment of knowledge and group building, followed by discussions and debates on the fight against hate speech, the tools available from the No Hate campaign. Speech Movement, the We CAN project and the various activist practices. Participants also reflected on the role of anti-hate activists and how positive changes can be brought about through everyday practices.
The new online toolkit was tested on various case studies from current events concerning different target groups. This allowed participants to explore and use the toolkit, always thinking critically and discussing the results achieved.
How campaign strategies could benefit from the communication tool developed by the project was also discussed with participants joining online.
The course concluded with exploring the concept of “activist sustainability” and sharing resources for growth and support for those who want to embrace activism.