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Combatting hate speech and behaviour through HITs (Hate Interrupter Teams)

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Over the last few years, Rinova has participated in varoius REC (Rights, Equality and Citizenship) partnerships. REC is an EU funded programme promoting non-discrimination and combating racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance. Working closely with our long-standing partner, Hope for Children in Cyprus, we helped to develop the HIT project, which is funded by REC.

HIT, which stands for 'Hate Interrupter Teams', was launched in late 2018 and is well-connected with our Social Action aims, particularly those concerning youth empowerment and reaching communities. The objective of HIT is to contribute to a better understanding of the incidence of hate speech against migrants and other groups, among children and young people, while raising awareness about this issue and promoting its prevention. Through its 'creative campaigning' approach, HIT provides young people aged 14-19 with knowledge, peer support and tools to address hate speech and behaviour towards migrants and minorities.  

In addition to the coordinator Hope for Children CRC Policy Centre (Cyprus) and Rinova, the HIT partnership includes Collage Arts (UK), Frederick University (Cyprus), The Smile of The Child (Greece), CEPS Projectes Sociales (Spain), Gender Alternatives Foundation (Bulgaria), Mulab (Italy) and the trans-European network Metropolisnet (Germany).

The activity programme is now well underway. All partners have jointly developed a training curriculum and run a 'train the trainer' event in Rome back in March 2019. This was followed by local workshops with young people and relevant stakeholders which enabled the partnership to develop a common Youth Creative Campaign. The HIT app has been particularly helpful for producing different products with the same branding. The app can be download for free on Android or iOS.

Collage HIT group

The training in London has been implemented by our long-time partner Collage Arts at Collage Artspace 4 and online. The young people of the London HIT team have developed amazing content as well as their own website and Instagram page which have been inspiring for all the other participants.

Pictured right: Members of the HIT team formed by Collage Arts working together on-site.

Because of the Covid-19 situation, many of the planned activities have been disrupted and the project extended.  However, the campaign will continue throughout 2020, including plans to bring together all of the HIT teams of young people in each country. More info to come soon.

If you would like to find out more about HIT, check the project website or contact Michele De Vito at m.devito@rinova.co.uk  

Follow our Creative Youth Campaign and join the HIT journey!

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The HIT project (REC-RRAC-RACI-AG-2017-807861) has been co-financed with the support of the European Commission's DG Justice and Consumers. Its contents and materials are the sole responsibility of its authors. The Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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