The event is organised to mark the National Hate Crime Awareness Week celebrated across the UK every year in early October. The aim of organisers is to highlight all aspects of hate crime and how it is linked to prejudice towards the victims because of their: religious belief, sexual orientation, gender identity, race and disability.
Guest speakers will focus on circumstances leading to hate crime incidents (e.g. persisting prejudicial attitudes, initial taunting and abusive behaviour towards victims leading often to de-humanisation and open hostility) and why we have to take them seriously as a society. Some of the presentations will include personal experiences of people who either have been victims of hate crime themselves or have had close and direct contact with victims.
Organisers are also aware of the sharp increase in reported hate crime incidents across the UK following the Brexit referendum. Information and advice available on the day intends to give much needed reassurance to those communities who might be feeling particularly vulnerable at this time.
In addition to guest speakers and their presentations, the event will also offer a wide ranging advice from a number of organisations providing support to victims of crime and to vulnerable communities.
Who should attend?
The event is open to all local residents but the organisers are especially keen to invite:
Fortis Living tenants and staff, University and College students and staff, Stonewall Diversity Champions organisations, LGBT networks, interfaith and disability networks, advocacy organisations representing vulnerable community groups, community leaders
Lunch will be provided to all attending delegates based on free tickets obtainable from this Eventbrite webpage (see below).
There is ample parking around the University Arena which includes disabled spaces.
For accessibility and additional venue information please follow this link http://www.worcester.ac.uk/discover/arena-venue-information.html