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Across Europe, racism, xenophobia and discrimination continue to affect many people because of their racial or ethnic origin, migrant background and/or religious beliefs. The consequences of this violence, although different in various contexts, are particularly serious for young Afro-descendants, Muslims, Roma and those with a migrant background, who very often find themselves facing multiple forms of discrimination, including those related to gender.

Butterfly Effect, funded by the EC CERV programme, is based on the idea that small variations in initial conditions produce large variations in the long-term behavior of a community. It addresses the issue of racial incidents which young people from minorities and migrant backgrounds often fall victim to. The project aims to strengthen the capacity of young people, the educational community and youth organisations to address hate speech and crime and support young victims through an intersectional and gender-sensitive approach.

Who we are

The project team is composed of dedicated organisations and individuals in Italy, Croatia, Greece and Austria who have been working against discriminatory violence and oppression and for, among others, young people and their safety and well-being for many years.

What we do

  • Supporting young people in their commitment to building a more equitable society.
  • Sharing knowledge and tools with educational communities aiming at supporting yout facing hate incidents and structural discrimination.
  • Amplifying the impact of youth organisations in taking action against racism and other forms of discrimination at national and European level.
  • Raising awareness amongst society because tackling hate is the responsibility of all.

Who we stand with

Young people  –  Educational communities  –  Educational institutions  –  Parents  –  Youth organisations  –  Activists  –  Civil society

Cross-cutting tools

  • A European research report with recommendations to key stakeholders at European, national, and local level
  • 2 Curricula on hate incidents and victims’ support for young people and educational staff
  • A manual addressed to schools, youth groups and parents on hate incidents and crimes and their prevention
  • A social media campaign to raise awareness on the impact of racism and other forms of discrimination
  • One interactive website page (EN, IT, DE, HR, GR) on project’s objectives, activities and achievements.

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We aim at strengthening the capacity of young people, educational communities, and youth organisations to tackle hate incidents and offer support through an intersectional and gender-sensitive approach and innovative solutions.

The Partnership