“Equality means coexisting
without being in a constant
state of survival.”
Q: What one word would you use to describe yourself? – I think I would use a term not a word which is, ‘neuro queer’
Q: What brought you here? – I think all that I’ve worked for and my belief’s
Q: when you hear the word hate speech what comes to mind? – My experience and the experience of the people who surround me. Our lives are surrounded by hate speech. Our very own existence is surrounded by hate speech.
What types of HS are you facing? – Psychological in the sense that I come from a country where you are more likely to have big amount of micro-aggressions, that will affect your mind set, your mental health and your state of being, than having macro-aggressions, like getting hit on the street or something.
Q: Had there been a moment where you have felt confident to tackled hate speech? – When there was the Orlando attack in the nightclub we had vigil for the victims. There were lots of posters on this wall on the street. I think there was one or two posters that had islamophobic sentences on them, and I followed my instinct and what I did was to just rip them off.
Q: What are you ambitions for the next 10 months (in December 2018), what do you think you can do to help transform hate speech? – I think that most importantly I want to be able to learn first for myself, how I can tackle and transform within myself before I can go on that work with other people. I feel like if I can do that myself I can facilitate that in other people.
Q: What skills and knowledge have you gained from being part of this training course? -The most important for me was the tree of needs, where you learn to recognise one person’s needs, at that moment in that specific situation. Because we are kind of programmed to not express our emotions and needs, so it was important for me to dig deep into this and to have a tool to understand a person’s needs and also how I can go deep into one person’s needs and emotions and understand where they come from.
Q: Why is this project important to you? – I think that the work we are doing here is not happening at all in my country. So it’s actually a big big opportunity for me to be in this project to learn all these tools and methods and be able to come back to my country and share all this knowledge. And try and change something and try to make people aware of all forms of oppression that are going on.
Q: Have you learnt from other participants? – Yes, I’ve learnt specifically about religion, which is a topic that I am not to familiar with because I don’t come from a religious background. The people I’m in touch with are not religious or don’t practice any kind of religion, so it’s an important in a process of learning for me to be around in to understand the distinction between religion and culture. That was more than important. That was necessary for me.
Q: What does equality mean for you? – It means coexisting without being in a constant state of survival.