The Society Initiatives Institute is pleased to launch the “UcAn: Countering Hate Speech in Ukraine” campaign, an initiative promoted in the framework of the “No Hate Speech Movement” launched by  the Council of Europe in 2013.

The campaign is developed in 3 weeks and consists of 2 workshops and a cinema week.


The No Hate Speech Movement is a Council of Europe youth campaign designed to tackle all forms of hate speech, including cyberbullying, by getting young people involved in combating hate speech and upholding human rights both on and offline.

The campaign is designed to:

  •   Reduce the levels of acceptance of hate speech;
  •   Promote media and Internet literacy and youth participation in the democratic governance of the Internet;
  •   Transform passive observers of hate speech into human rights defenders;
  •   Prevent and counter hate speech through human rights education;
  •   Raise awareness of the risks hate speech poses for democracy and for young people’s well-being;
  •   Develop and disseminate tools and mechanisms for reporting hate speech, especially at national level;
  •   Mobilise national and European partners to prevent and counter hate speech and intolerance both on and offline.

The campaign contributes to the implementation of the Council of Europe’s “Action Plan on the fight against violent extremism and radicalisation leading to terrorism”, and to the organisation’s “Action Plan for Building Inclusive Societies”, as well as its Strategy on Internet Governance, which promotes an open, inclusive and safe online environment.

Week 1 UKnow : Understanding Hate Speech

The first workshop is intended as an introduction to the “No Hate Speech” concept and aims to encourage young people to search ways to actively counter narratives of hate both online and offline. Through team activities participants will try to identify what hate speech is, discuss about causes and results and learn to evaluate information sources. Moreover, participants will be encouraged to work actively against spreading words of hate and sensitise their peers to the problem, aiming at creating a climate in society where hate actions are considered inappropriate. The workshops is designed for people aged 16-35 and is held in English.

Week 2 UFeel: Mov(i)e Against Hate

25rd – 27th July 2018 , Lviv Dovzhenko Centre · Sykhiv
A cinema week with 2 movies that encourage reflections on the meaning of hate and discrimination.

25th July: Wonder (2017)
Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will make everyone realize that in diversity there is beauty and strenght.

27th July: Tonya (2017)
Competitive figure skater Tonya Harding was never fully accepted in the figure skating community for not inherently being the image of grace, breeding and privilege that the community wanted to portray, despite she being naturally gifted in the sport athletically. The movie tells the true story about why the young woman was forced to withdraw from the national championship and why she has been forever associated with one of the most infamous scandals in sports history.

Week 3 UAct: Countering Hate Speech

The second workshop “UAct: countering hate speech” consists of dynamic activities that will enable participants to feel and find creative solutions to counter hate speech in everyday life.
Through personal reflections and team games participants will experience the meaning of hate speech and discrimination first-hand, so that they will feel empathy towards groups targeted by hate speech.
In the second part of the workshop, participants will challenge hate speech narratives and play a role in transformative actions.

The workshops is designed for people aged 16-35 and is held in English.