Spread Love Not Hate

❤️ Spread Love, Not Hate. ❤️

I write the first blog of 2018 looking forward to another successful year for Stop Hate UK, packed full of events, initiatives and our continued work to challenge all forms of Hate Crime.

Spread Love Not Hate

It’s only the middle of February and we’ve already seen 2 successful ‘Hate Crime Awareness Weeks’ in Merseyside and Greater Manchester, where Stop Hate UK played a key role in supporting the many things happening in both areas and there’s so much more to come in 2018!

These weeks also coincided with the launch of our new ‘Spread Love, Not Hate’ campaign.

Our new campaign has been launched in response to the many tragic events, that we witnessed in 2017, but also to remind ourselves of our very own vision statement;

“We dream of a society which is free from hate, harassment and discrimination, where all people are valued for their unique identity.”

When I reference our vision statement, I am also reminded of the great quote from the American poet and civil rights activist, Mary Angelou, that;

“Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.”

So, we think our new campaign to ‘Spread Love, Not Hate’ really resonates with our core values and vision, but also uses language that people can really relate to and get behind.

As part of the campaign, we’ve launched a range of new merchandise, available to buy to show your support and, of course, spread the love! Just visit our online shop to take a look at the new items, together with our existing range of Stop Hate UK products.

We’re really looking forward to 2018 and building on our successes in 2017 and we hope you’ll join us in spreading the love.

Rose Simkins

Chief Executive, Stop Hate UK

Statement on Srebrenica Memorial Day 2017

Srebrenica Memorial Day

This year, we are recognising the 22nd anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica, during which thousands of men and boys were systematically murdered, simply because they were Muslim. As an organisation that works with people affected by racism, we feel it is vital to commemorate Srebrenica to take a stand against hatred and discrimination that targets groups based on their religion, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or any type of difference.

During the course of the conflict that took place in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the 1990s, between 20,000 and 50,000 women were raped, and sadly in societies all over the world, including our own, there still remains a lot of stigma around sexual violence. This year, we are working with the charity Remembering Srebrenica to commemorate the genocide, and to reflect on the experiences of women in conflict. Remembering Srebrenica’s theme this year is Breaking the Silence: Gender and Genocide, you can read more about it on their website: www.srebrenica.org.uk

As part of this, we want to recognise the strength and resilience of women who have survived conflict, and our commitment as an organisation to challenge sexism and gender based violence within our own communities.

It is now more important than ever for us to come together as people in the UK, no matter what our background, to celebrate diversity and to stand together in solidarity against hatred and discrimination. We hope you will join us in mourning the loss of those who died at Srebrenica, and reflecting on how we as individuals, groups and communities can come together to build a better future without hatred.