19 April, 2019

Štefan Simončič, President of the Association EPEKA, Soc. Ent., participated in a panel discussion on the No to Hate Speech movement on the occasion of the launch of the Zmoremo! manual, organised by the Slovenian Office for Youth at the Old Town Power Plant.

URSM organised a consultation on hate speech among young people and ways to prevent it on the occasion of the publication of the We Can! handbook (original publisher: Council of Europe).

The aim of the consultation was to present the book We Can! to provide educators, youth workers and the general public with ways of tackling the prejudices that give rise to hate speech. We also talked about how to offer concrete examples of help in dealing with hate speech and how to find alternatives in tolerant communication. The aim of the consultation was to teach young people the importance of a tolerant democratic culture in order to ensure a more welcoming digital space, while maintaining their critical and active citizenship.


  •   9.45 Arrival of invited guests and participants
  • 10.00 Opening remarks by Mr Tin Kampl, Acting Director of URSM
  • 10.05 Welcoming address by the Minister, Dr Jernej Pikalo
  • 10.15 Round table on “No to hate speech” – guests: State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ms Martina Vuk, Director of the Directorate for Democratic Participation at the Council of Europe Mr Matjaž Gruden, Director of the Peace Institute Mr Iztok Šori, co-author of the manual “We can do it!” Ms Nina Perger.
  • 11.30 Break
  • 12.00 Presentation of the manual Zmoremo! (Mr Matjaž Gruden, representative of the publisher, Ms Nina Perger, co-author, Ms Simona Muršec, reviewer of the Slovenian version of the manual)
  • 12.30 Discussion with guests and participants on the handbook and approach to young people
  • 12.45 Conclusion of the consultation – possible press statements

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