Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
The Anti-Hate campaign has been developed by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission in response to research that showed people were looking for a place they could share their experiences if they didn’t want, or were unable, to make a formal report to the Police or to the Commission.The campaign has three main aims:
- To give people a way of reporting what has happened to them if they experience discrimination such as racism, homophobia or sexism, if they witness discrimination in their community or see it online, and when they come across graffiti that is hateful and offensive.
- To provide a place where people can tell their stories of how they have stood up against hate and to share ideas others can use to take a stand against all forms of discrimination.
- To give people tools to stand up against hate themselves – from online tools that can be used to respond to offensive posts, to tips on how bystanders can help if they see hate occurring on a bus or at school.
The website has had tens of thousands of visits since it launched in August 2012 and the Commission is working with Information Victoria to build it into a mobile phone app. We’re also working with the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development on promoting the message to schools and speaking to community groups about how to further develop the site as a third-party reporting tool.
The Commission welcomes suggestions and new ideas for Anti-Hate and encourages people to request an Anti-Hate kit and share their experiences by visiting their website.
The Queensland Government Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
The Queensland Government Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships became an official campaign supporter in early 2014. This was both in celebration of Queensland’s cultural diversity but also recognition that racism, prejudice and discrimination still exist in the state. The campaigns messages reflect existing initiatives instituted by the department which promote and welcome diversity and seek to address barriers to social and economic participation.
The Department asked staff members to demonstrate their commitment for the campaign by making individual pledges to combat racism, which are published on their website