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Fighting hate speech

Since 2022 Ipazia Production has been involved in the management of all strategic communication of the AHEAD project (Against Hate speech towards Roma Community, Migrants, Ethnic minorities and Any vulnerable groups Discrimination), co-founded by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ programme. This 2-year project – started on March 1, 2022 – was launched on April 20 in an official event organized in Ploiesti (Romania) and will be implemented in Romania, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania. The project consortium is composed of ARESEL (, as beneficiary), the “University of Bari (Italy, as partner), BRAVO organization ( – Bosnia) and Youth for Social Change ( – from Albania).

AHEAD aims to promote non-discrimination, inclusion, tolerance, mutual and multicultural understanding among young people and to combat racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance

To disseminate these values, AHEAD uses an innovative approach that combines research, training (national and international) on anti-discrimination and hate speech, round tables, seminars, exchange of good practices, meetings between different representatives, stakeholders, CSOs and youth associations, and a massive dissemination campaign (managed by Hypatia).

One of the main focuses of the project is the capacity building of young victims and young people belonging to minorities, supporting them in new mechanisms structured in public consultations in each partner country (replicable across Europe) on the issue of non-discrimination and combating any form of incitement to hatred towards ethnic minorities, Roma and migrants.


AHEAD's goal is to counter hate speech in person and online and to fight discrimination affecting minorities in 5 areas of civil rights: education, work, housing, health, goods and services. It will achieve this through specific training offered to 200 participants and using our innovative approach above.

After providing experience, developing skills, supporting and raising awareness among young people, the partners will support the mobilization of young victims and focus on capacity building actions for young people, in order to involve young people in decision making and new structured automatic mechanisms to enhance their active participation on hate speech and anti-discrimination.


AHEAD will carry out 3 campaigns of 4 months each during the project period, online and live meet

The role of these campaigns, which will be managed by Hypatia, will be to raise awareness and combat harmful stereotypes about Roma and migrants and thus support their integration into mainstream society.

AHEAD’s innovative approach will combine these awareness campaigns with comparative research on both discrimination against young victims (minority part) and hate speech (online and in person) through representatives of public institutions, NGOs, activists in the field of Roma and ethnic discrimination of minorities.

AHEAD also focuses on promoting non-discrimination by working on innovative best practice approaches and human rights-based narratives and through training courses. Activists (two from each partner country) will be trained in the field of ethnic discrimination in order to create a network and potentially increase impact, and secondly 150 participants will test and evaluate an innovative toolkit for understanding the dynamics of hate and discrimination against Roma, and they will be able to react.


Co-financed by Erasmus+ project of the European Union
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