Vastapuhe – Countering hate speech

20.09.2019 from 18:00-20.00
Loukko, Castréninkatu 7, 00530 Helsinki
Hosted by Helsingin YK-nuoret ry/ UN Youth of Helsinki

#COUNTERSPEECH – Countering hate speech

As part of the UN Youth of Finland’s Youth Peace Week The UN youth of Helsinki kindly invites you to counter hate speech together with the young and leading experts on the field! Who experiences hate speech and why? With what tools can we counter hate speech? What kind of representation helps us to build sustainable peace?

The purpose of the event is to talk about hate speech and respond to it with counter speech. Counter speech’s short definition is answering/negotiating new spaces from cultural margins with speech acts. We want to respond to the growing negative atmosphere on the social media era with spoken word as well as with political actions.

#counterspeech consists of a panel discussion by experts as well as spoken word performances. The purpose of the panel is to bring youth and experts together to discuss current issues of hate speech and their solutions. The purpose of the spoken word acts, however, is to show that counter speech can also be made through art of words and speech. The first part of the event will be held in Finnish and the second part will be multilingual.

17.00 Doors open
18.00 Welcome words, UN Youth of Helsinki
18.30 Panel discussion: Countering to hate speech
Pazilaiti Simayijiang, Youth section Helsinki City
Tawab Qaderzada, MakeSomeNoise
Maria Pettersson, Journalist-magazine, editor-in-chief
Pekka Hätönen, Police
Maria Ohisalo, Minister of the Interior
Moderator: Brigita Krasniqi, co-founder of Fem-R
19. 45 Evening program: Counter speech
Zaher Husseini, rap
Roxana Crisólogo Correa, poetry
Nahla Hewidy, spoken word
Nihkee Akka, spoken word
21.00 Open Mic > More info coming soon!

Contributing to the event are UN Youth of Finland, Subcultural center Loukko, PLAN – Finland, the Peace Education Institute, the Finnish Red Cross and ByHelpers.

WHAT?: #counterspeech
WHERE?: Subculture Center Loukko, Castréninkatu 7
WHEN?: Friday 20th of September at 6.00pm
WHY?: Because peace cannot be built without dialogue!

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