International interactive event “Active Youth Against Hate Speech” coming to Kaunas

May 23, 2022

International interactive youth event “Active Youth against Hate Speech”

30 May, Kaunas, Lithuania


Human Rights Monitoring Institute in cooperation with partners across Europe is inviting active young people, aged 16-30, to participate in an interactive international event. A workshop “Active Youth against Hate Speech” will be held on 30 May, 2022 in Kaunas, at the social centre „Emma (A. Mickevičiaus g. 35, 2nd floor, Kaunas, Lithuania).

Hate speech poses a growing threat to our democracies and European solidarity. It violates human rights and corrodes the culture of debate. Hate speech is often used as a tool to target vulnerable groups, especially minorities. It causes alienation and exclusion of certain groups and individuals. And, therefore, weakens democracy and strengthens positions of right-wing radicals and populists.

We invite young people to have a say about it and together find ways how to tackle the phenomena. The workshop will train and inform participants about hate speech, preparing them to play an active role in addressing this challenging problem at the national and European levels. The workshop will be interactive and participants will have a possibility to develop skills and attitudes to counter hate speech.

Participants of the event will be treated to lunch, and one of the participants of the local events in Lithuania will get the chance to travel to the final conference of the “Active Youth against Hate Speech” project, which will take place in Cluj-Napoca, Romania on 25 June. For participants from outside of Lithuania, travel and accommodation expenses will be reimbursed.

The event is facilitated by Goda Jureviciute and Viktorija Kolbešnikova.


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The event is part of international project “Active European Citizens against Hate Speech” and it is co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.



Active Youth against Hate Speech

30 May 2022

Kaunas, social centre „Emma“ (A. Mickevičiaus g. 35, 2 aukštas, Kaunas)

10:40-11:00        Arrival and registration

11:00-11:45         Opening / Introduction. Creating a safe space for sharing

11:45-13:15          What is hate speech? Discovering the phenomenon

13:15-14:00         Lunch break

14:00-15:15         Hate speech vs. freedom of speech. Does freedom of speech have limits? Case analysis

15:15-15:30          Break

15:30-16:40         How to counter hate speech? Europe without hate. A Manifesto for Change

16:40-17:00         Reflection