Block the Hatred. Share the Love!”, held today at the Hall of the National Library “Pjetër Bogdani” in Pristina.European Union and the Council of Europe, “
H. E,Albin Kurti, addressed the event stressing the importance and necessity of such campaigns, for emancipation and awareness raising towards achieving a fairer and more equal society. “The choices we make in life are indeed our own responsibility, but no one should suffer because of lack of freedoms and rights, nor opportunities. Equal opportunities come not only from guaranteeing freedoms and rights but also from providing equal chances for success,” concluded Kurti.
Ms. Verena Taylor, Director of the Office of the Directorate General of Programmes of the Council of Europe, reiterated the damage of hate speech in our societies especially for the most vulnerable groups, confirming the need to reduce the acceptance of hate speech both online and offline. “Sometimes it takes simple actions, like using a human rights language when speaking to others around us, or avoiding reposting hateful material in social media.“ she stressed.
The “Block the Hatred. Share the Love!” campaign launched today in Pristina aims to inform and educate the society and especially youth, about the role that everyone has in the fight against various forms of hate speech targeting specific groups and individuals in our local communities. This raising awareness movement which kicked off regionally last December is now being launched locally in all the Western Balkans Beneficiaries, starting from Pristina. The campaign will be extended online through the social media dedicated channels, but also in radio-TV appearances, public activities and social initiatives involving prominent public figures, institutions and activists in personal storytelling, testimonies and exchange of good practices related to the promotion of diversity and equality in the region. The No-Hate Speech Ambassadors, prominent public figures such as Rinor Gashi, Bajram Kinolli, Uta Ibrahimi and Amina Kaja, who decided to respond to the call of this campaign and engage actively with counter-narratives and behaviours, will also join and actively take part in this movement.
The campaign is supported by the action on “ implemented in the framework of the joint European Union and Council of Europe programme " ”Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022".
For more information
Alban Kastrati - Republika Marketing & Media Solutions - [email protected] / 049 17 17 17
Besnik Baka, Communication Officer - Horizontal Facility II - [email protected] / +355692178430)
Marija Simić, Coordinator on Communication - [email protected] / +38163601337)