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Hate speech, gender, social networks and political parties (GENHA)

February, 2020 - January, 2022
European Union’s Rights Equality and Citizenship Programme
Lead researchers
Project managers

The general objective of the project is to identify and analyze how the hate speech against the ‘ideology of gender’ has been appropriated by extreme right political parties in Europe using the social networks and internet. It also aims to propose which type of legal and public policies the Member States and the European Union can implement to protect the human rights at stake.

Within the scope of specific project objectives, GENHA will:

  1. Map where, when and how the extreme right political parties use the hate speech against gender theories through the social networks in the participating countries
  2. Analyze the content of this hate speech against gender theories and its political use and justification
  3. Identify the national and European legal frameworks to address this type of hate speech
  4. Identify and analyze the European and national case law dealing with these cases
  5. Identify and study possible self-regulations and norms of the social networks where these hate speeches take place
  6. Propose legal interventions and public policies to address this type of hate speech

In order to deliver the abovementioned objectives, GENHA will undertake the following activities:

  • Analysis of the most important bibliography and studies
  • Study of the European and national legal framework and public policies  
  • Analysis of the self-regulations of Facebook and Twitter
  • Qualitative and qualitative analysis of hate speech against gender
  • A pilot experience on agenda setting

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020) under grant agreement no 875388.