Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) with the support of GAAMAC

Working Group on Peace and Development (FriEnt)

27 April 2021
16.00h - 17.30h
Peer Exchange
Designed in an interactive, participatory fashion, this format is all about engaging the audience. The focus is on mutual learning, e.g. by participants sharing lessons learnt and experiences with specific apraoches or tools.
Virtual Session 6

Countering Hate: Identifying Gaps and Synergies in Prevention Efforts in Europe

Hate speech, discrimination and incitement often precede the commission of mass atrocities. Amplified by technology and the COVID-19 pandemic, the rise of violence in Europe is a reminder that despite its history, the region is not immune.

Many prevention initiatives from European civil society and states address the root causes of manifestations of violence. Despite European countries facing similar challenges, there are, however, significant gaps in mutual awareness and interconnectedness across these prevention efforts.

This interactive online workshop will aim to bring together relevant stakeholders, including state and civil society actors engaged in prevention at local, national and European levels. How can we connect and collaborate better with one another? What can we learn from peacebuilding efforts elsewhere? Together we will identify the gaps and synergies that need to be addressed to strengthen Europe’s peacebuilding architecture and prevention agenda.


Mô Bleeker
Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Switzerland
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The FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum is a series of events on current and overarching challenges and trends in peacebuilding. With the Peacebuilding Forum, we want to provide future-oriented impulses for the development of peacebuilding and strengthen the visibility and importance of the policy field in its entirety.


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