The aim of the No Hate Week Budapest (04.27, 2014 – 05.04, 2014) international youth change is as follows: arousing attention to online hate speech and its effects on young people, promoting the appropriate use of online and offline media, and supporting young people so that they speak up for the human rights.
Forty participants arrived from eight countries in order to be immersed in the subject of online hate speech and then – having come back home – to multiply their knowledge sharing their experiences at their own organizations. Working method’s dominating types – which were used during the project – were as follows: arousing attention, ability to enforce your interests, and creative thinking. As this project was about actions and taking steps, the participants took part in offline activities as well. Thanks to it near 500 tourists and passers-by a day took notice of the youth campaign against online hate speech.
This project was supported by the European Commission within the framework of Youth in Action Program.

No Hate Speech Movement
The campaign is being realized between 2012 and 2014 as a part of the project “Youth against Hate Speech Online”. The project adopts a position with equality, dignity, human rights and colorfulness, while it started against discrimination, racism and hate speech in online forms of expressing.
The working methods in use are as follows: arousing attention, ability to enforce your interests, and creative thinking. This project is about action and intervention. The campaign provides young people and the organizations which join young people with the suitable skills to recognize the events and to act against this type of trespass of human rights.
The whole project is built for involving young people and for common direction/management. The project was born by the suggestion which was submitted by the young representatives of the Youth Consultative Corporation, it was approved by the Common Youth Council, which includes the members of the Youth Consultative Corporation and the young government representatives of the European Youth Directing Corporation. The further details of the project can be found on the coordination web page of the campaign.
The strategic dimensions of the campaign
The campaign does not want to restrict the freedom of the online expressing. It is not against the online hate but it is not about “Let’s be kind with each other on the internet, either.
The campaign adopts a position against all the forms of online hate speech including ways of expression which concern young people to the greatest extent: e.g. cyberbullying, and internet hate. The campaign is based on human rights education, on young people’s involvement and familiarity with media. Its aim to reduce hate speech and to fight against racism and discrimination which are found in online ways of expression.
The aims of the campaign
• Arousing attention to hate speech, to its effects on democracy and young people, supporting knowledge about online and offline media
• Supporting young people so that they speak up for the human rights in the online and in the offline sphere as well
• Reducing acceptability of online hate speech
• Mobilizing, educating and connecting human right activists
• Exploring online hate speech, creating the means of the constructive response
• Declaring solidarity with the people and groups who are in the target cross of the online hate speech, supporting these people, these groups
• Creating common consent and promoting development in the sphere of the fight’s means against the hate speech on European stage of politics
• Developing young people’s online nationality, developing their involvement in the public affairs
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Meeting on partnership building and campaign preparation
During the meeting (December 7-8, 2012) on partnership building participants discussed the package of questions of online hate speech and its effect on young Hungarian people and the Hungarian society, implanting the campaign’s aims and principles in Hungary. In addition: participants identified the most important partners for forming a campaign coordination on national level.
33 participants were present representing 11 organization on this meeting. The first day focused on the phenomenon of online hate speech and its possible effects on young people and the society. By the end of the day participants became familiar with the topic and got the starting points they could survey with what form is appropriate for their organizations to join the campaign. On the sessions of the second day a general and a thematic program were created fro the national campaign. Despite the campaign’s direct subject is struggling against online hate speech, participants set as a task developing online behavior culture of young people and introducing the adoption of offline ethic rules in the cyber world as well. Participants agreed that for realizing a successful campaign a cooperation from the beginning of all who are concerned is required: a cooperation of the government, of the business sector and of the civil sector.
This project was supported by European Youth Foundation.

Intergeneration solidarity

The aim of the young people’s initiative “Arts as the means for bridging the generation gap – intergeneration solidarity” is to create a chance for an intergeneration dialogue by producing a volunteer program and arranging a children’s drawing competition (April, 2012 – January, 2013). Our institution-partner in arranging the volunteer program was St. Louise Rest Home (Szent Lujza Szeretetotthon, Budapest, Ménesi út 27.)
High school and university students volunteers were involved in preparing and arranging these activities as well. The activities included handicraft programs of different techniques, Literature Circle, instruction in singing and music, Guide; we were involved in the holidays arrangements, in church events, and we could visit the elderly people for a chat in fixed periods. On November 18, 2012 we visited children who are living in Shelter Foundation’s Families’ Temporary Home (Menedékház Alapítvány Családok Átmeneti Otthona). We created common drawings with the children on the occasion of Santa Claus for the elderly people who are living in the Rest Home.
In May we invited applications for a drawing competition entitled “Happy moments with the grandparents” for elementary school children. We rewarded 14 products of the 200 ones we had received. The prizes were handed over in St. Louise Rest Home (Szent Lujza Szeretetotthon) while a display of the best drawings was opened. After the prize giving ceremony the children, having written some short messages on the cards that were adorned with the kids’ own drawings, signed them and then handed them to the elderly people who were present.
This project was supported by the European Commission within the framework of Youth in Action Program.