V4 Countries's Coalition
against hate violence
A project by Ebony African Organization
The project is funded by the
VISEGRAD FUND'S Standard Grants.
Implementation period—from 02/02/2016 to 31/12/2016
The aim of the project is to start an informal, open, expandable network of NGOs operating in the V4 region that are dedicated to combating hate violence, all forms of discrimination & intolerance; and to gather good practices on tackling and preventing hate violence and discrimination from the V4 countries. The good practices will be introduced, experiences shared during a conference, a database and publication will be created, exhibitions and public events will take place in all V4 countries.
Hate violence increased in the whole of Europe in the past few years. Due to several factors latency is huge, despite efforts most cases still remain unrecorded & unreported. The main aim of the project is to start an informal, open, expandable network of NGOs operating in the V4 region that are dedicated to combating hate violence, all forms of discrimination and intolerance; and to gather good practices on
tackling and preventing hate violence and discrimination from the V4 countries. The good practices will be introduced, experiences shared during a 2 days kickoff meeting, conference and workshop in Budapest with approx 50 participants (incl. 20 NGOs from Hungary); where similarities between the V4 countries’ challenges and potential solutions, as well as possibilities of joint actions will also be explored and
discussed. The conference will also explore the following topics: victim support, victim centered approach, reporting and recording, cooperation with the authorities, intersectoral cooperation, community engagement, awareness raising, prevention, crosscountry cooperation. After the kickoff meeting a database of NGOs working on this field, and good practices will be compiled. The good practices and the results of the conference will be compiled into a 5 language (the V4 languages and English) publication that will also contain the project description. A related travelling exhibition will be set up and each partner will organize its display and a symposium/public event with the participation of officials and representatives of NGOs from the respective country to introduce the project. A similar will take place in Brussels where the project will be introduced as V4 initiative. The closing of the event will be an
“Visegrad feature” of your project
This project is the first of its kind that covers the entire V4 region. There is a pressing need to enhance relation, exchange experiences, good practices and establish sustainable cooperation between civil society actors in the Visegrad countries on the topics of hate speech and hate crime. There is little cooperation on this issue currently, while there is a growing number of such incidents and their severity and acceptance among parts of general public is on dramatic rise as well. This project will allow organizations from the region to facilitate, discuss and cooperate in this underdeveloped area and gain from the experience and knowhow of our V4 neighborhood. It will also allow the participants to act jointly and present it in the EU and on other forums as a joint V4 initiative.
Target groups and groups benefiting from the project
NGOs working on the field of the project and initiators of good practices will directly benefit, as good practices will be shared, new synergies and cooperation created in the V4 region Authorities, officials of the V4 countries the publication will be sent to them and they will be invited to the county events.
Experts and researchers working on the field, as they will be able to use the database and the publication The exhibition is meant for the general public to raise awareness and sensitize
Indirect target groups: all potential hate crime victims and members of groups with protected characteristics, as the project will enhance prevention and victim support; and the entire
society in the V4 countries since it can also affect the society's attitude towards hate in general.
Planned public relations/promotional activities
Both Ebony and the participating partners have well established media contacts. Before every event of the project press releases will be sent out to the media.
Kickoff meeting, conference and workshop, exhibition opening and county event in Hungary: press release will be send to a list containing 800-1000 media contacts.
All events of the project will be promoted though the website, FB pages and databases of Ebony and all the project partners and in newsletters.
For all county events the media will be invited and encouraged to participate, especially for the exhibition opening to be covered.
At the end of the project a press release will be published about the results, outputs and planned follow up of the project.
Continuation of the project
The project is carried out to create a sustainable network of NGOs. The content of the website, the online version of the publication will remain accessible. The exhibitions can be used for various purposes. Participating NGOs will be able to act in a coordinated and united manner in order to tackle particular issues, strengthening solidarity. They will also be able to appear as expert on forums and meetings and in a long run they can be the catalyst of processes and changes that contribute to the reduction of prejudices. During the project dialog is started between stakeholders of the governmental and the civil society sectors, enabling the civilians to share their experiences with the law enforcement end juridical bodies. This can contribute to a change of discourse in the work of the law enforcement and investigative bodies, making their approach more victim centered and their efforts more effective. This will contribute to the higher recognition of the civil society.
CEJI A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe
Human Rights Institute Slovakia
Africa Connect Organization Poland
The Union of Associations MULTIKULTURA Poland
Always Ahead Poland
The Czech Helsinki Committee (CHC) Czech Republic
In IUSTITIA, o.p.s. Czech Republic
Konexe Czech Republic
The Roma People Association in Poland
Further details and detailed separate website coming soon.