The purpose of this resource list is to provide a selection of videos, training resources and articles with which to challenge prejudice and hate when working with young people. It is our aim that these resources be used by youth workers and youth educators to inspire discussion in groups; and encourage further critical examination and education around key issues of oppression, identified in this toolkit. Acknowledging that we all have different starting points, we have included a wide selection of material to cater to a variety of starting points, needs, etc. Each resource provides its own unique opportunity for engaging with various derivative topics and issues. However, it must be acknowledged that it is not an all-exhaustive list but rather one which should inspire further research and examination.
This article by Riikka Jalonen and Farkhanda Chaudhry encourages us to recall the radical traditions of youth work so that we can support young people to understand the unequal power structures in society and in understanding what they can do if they want to challenge the socio-political status quo.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (US) gathered hundreds of stories of everyday prejudice from people across the United States. They told their stories through e-mail, personal interviews and at roundtable discussions in four cities. People spoke about encounters in shops and restaurants, on streets and in schools. No matter the location or relationship, the stories echo each other. The stories are used in the resource below which offers guidance on responding to specific instances of prejudice e.g. What can I do about my own bias? What can I do among family? What can I do at work?
The ‘Anti-Rumours’ campaign aims to dispel the widespread myths around the topic of immigration. This training resource pack is aimed at educators and community and youth workers in promoting integration and raising awareness about migrant-related issues, with a focus on challenging the most common myths about migration.
Comedian Martin Beanz Ward speaks about why an understanding of intersectionality is important as a tool to challenge oppression and discrimination. As an LGBT man who is also a Traveller (an indigenous group of people from Ireland with a distinct language, culture and customs), he argues that there is great potential for the LGBT community to act as a unifying force across the multiple identity issues that exist within the community. He identifies the potential in acknowledging LGBT intersectional identities to fight oppression.
This series of four videos offer a first-person insight into living with a disability. The videos look at learning disabilities, mental health awareness, physical disability and sensory disability awareness. These resources are part of the Films to Schools programme used by Basingstoke and District Disability Forum to promote inclusion and opportunities for anyone with a disability, by providing information and bringing people together.
Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) is an organisation which seeks to improve conditions and advance the rights and equality of trans* people and their families, in Ireland. This leaflet offers guideance on challenging transphobia and cissexism.
This is a useful guide to understanding gender diversity and the information is not confined to a health context. Where many people assume that gender is binary; that all people are women or men, this guide explains that gender can more accurately be thought of as a colour palette, with many possible shades of identity and subtle expressions of gender far beyond only woman or man.
Scott Turner Scholfield, a diversity speaker, discusses Trans* identity and gender in this TED Talk. In discussing non-binary gender identities, he explicates the theory of how, in ending gender, we would facilitate freedom of gender expression- thus invalidating the oppressive and constraining social construct which is gender.
Five young intersex individuals speak about their own experiences to increase visibility of intersex youth and reduce isolation by reaching out to others on Intersex Awareness Day 2016.
Young #trans people face specific problems that are sometimes overlooked by the #LGBTQI community. During the first meeting of the Trans #Youth Network, participants were invited to share their concerns, priorities, and vision. Filmed during the Trans Youth Network Meeting 2018.
This resource provides information and guidance to school staff on addressing homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in Scottish schools and has been written to complement Respect for All: The National Approach to Anti-Bullying for Scotland’s Children and Young People. Respect for All is for everyone involved in children’s and young people’s lives and highlights the responsibility of all to work to prevent and address bullying in Scotland.
The Gender Book is a publication that aims to educate all age groups about gender, sexuality, etc. in an accessible and friendly format. This illustrated book (available as a free e-book, a condensed pamphlet or a hardback book) makes addressing gender, sexuality, sex, etc.- in all of its many manifestations- a core aspect of practice through its universally applicable style. This is an invaluable resource for practitioners and groups who are at the early stages of critically engaging with gender and sexuality.
This video is a resource that focuses on what it feels like to experience homophobia and transphobia. It animates the physical and sensory impact of these forms of oppression.
This video shows how silence can collude to perpetuate homophobia and has relevance for other areas of oppression. It takes the viewer on a journey, ‘a day in the life’ of a school boy and how people respond around him to direct instances of homophobia including direct verbal abuse, using homophobic slurs and homophobic tweets.
This resource enables teachers and other educators to understand and challenge the threat that the far right represents, not only to communities, but also to individual young people. It helps equip teachers to better protect young people who are at risk of falling victim to far right extremism. ‘No Place For Hate’ is a high quality and accessible resource which will strengthen schools in working with children and young people to seek to ensure that they become secure adults who are confident participants in our multicultural society.
Antisemitism in Europe: Time to act-2015 European Network Against Racism(ENAR)
Anti-Semitism is not new to Europe. It is still a reality for many European Jews, who experience higher rates of insults, discrimination, harassment, attacks against properties, desecration of places of worship and cemeteries, and physical violence. This paper looks at the European context of anti- Semitism, it gives examples of hate crime incidents and calls on European policy makers to repond.
Growing Islamophobia in Europe: Recent developments in Germany, Sweden and France (ENAR)
Islamophobia is a specific form of racism that refers to acts of violence and discrimination, as well as racist speech, fuelled by historical abuses and negative stereotyping and leading to exclusion and dehumanisation of Muslims, and all those perceived as such. ENAR’s yearly shadow reports on racism in Europe have provided evidence of discrimination and stigmatization of Muslims and in particular as the result of hate crime, racial profiling, counter-terrorism policies, discriminatory laws preventing access in some areas of life like education and employment, and populist discourses by politicians and in the media. This paper looks at the European context of Islamophobia, it gives examples of hate crime incidents and calls on European policy makers to repond.
Exploring the specific ways in which women who are Muslim identify themselves and how they experience discrimination and human rights violations in Europe. The project aims to document the disproportionate effect of Islamophobia on women and develop alliances between the anti-racism and feminist movements in order to better address the intersectional discrimination affecting Muslim women. The project took place in 8 countries, chosen to get a representative picture of the situation of Muslim women in the European Union: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden and United Kingdom.
We Belong to Glasgow is a short film created by a group of young people about how they feel they belong to Glasgow and also how they belong to their faith community. This film is part of the Stepping into Diversity project and was created in partnership between Interfaith Glasgow and the West of Scotland Regional Equality Council.
What is Interfaith Dialogue? Why is it important? Listen in as members of staff from Interfaith Scotland discuss what their various faiths and beliefs mean to them and why they think that interfaith dialogue and Scottish Interfaith Week are important.
This resource created for 12-18 yr olds includes an interactive power point (Lesson 5) which aims to reveal participants own prejudicial and stereotypical views in order to introduce the concepts. It focuses specifically on gender and how this intersects with other aspects of identity. Participants explore stereotypes of different genders and of teenagers to appreciate how it feels to be labeled. This enables them to empathise with other groups that can be stereotyped and to challenge the negative labels.
Director of the SafeTeen Boy’s Program, Bill Pozzobon discusses the “guys’ code”, i.e. the socialization process which shapes and compartmentalizes men into the box which is ‘masculinity’, deconstructing its development and examining both the detrimental effects which can arise through collusion with the process and the positives to critically engaging with one’s own personal journey.
The toys children play with have an impact not only on how they see themselves and on what skills they learn, but also on how their brains physically develop. Some psychologists argue that this helps to explain why certain professions are so male-dominated. An increasing number of parents and carers now say they try to avoid gender-stereotyped play. As this experiment shows, though, it’s not always easy to overcome your own prejudices.
Run Like a Girl is an ad campaign for a product that challenges the role of the stereotype #LikeaGirl and aims to critique the unquestioning use of stereotypes and how they impact on wider perceptions of gender roles.
This short video examines the impact of media on the development of gender roles, norms and identity- using Disney films as a case study. This video is a very useful tool for examining such topics and instigating critical media literacy amongst young people and practitioners alike.