Peer education to counter antigypsyist online hate speech

With approximately 12 Million people living in Europe for centuries, the Roma are the continent’s biggest ethnic minority. At the same time they are the its most disliked and discriminated minority, with every third person not wanting to have a Roma neighbour and 80% of Roma living at the risk of poverty.

Antigypsyism – a specific form of racism against people who are perceived as ‘Gypsies’ in the public imagination, is at the core of the social exclusion and discrimination of Roma.

PECAO will counter antigypsyist hate speech online by working with young people, using a combination of peer education and monitoring in order to obtain two-fold results: the peer education methodology will achieve a direct change in attitudes and actions of a high number of young people, and the monitoring will contribute to better understanding and a more systemic change of policies through advocacy based on the results.


– To raise awareness of young people in ten countries of the adverse impact of hate speech on Roma and of the importance to report antigypsyist online hate speech.

– To train young Roma as peer educators and to empower them to monitor and report hate speech online

– To advocate for anti-discrimination policies that take into account the online sphere as well as antigypsyism as a bias motivation.

– To raise awareness of other stakeholders of antigypsyist hate speech in online media

Material download

  • Standard workshop materials  in EN, BG, CZ, HU, RO and ES on antigypsyism, hate speech, monitoring, advocacy and awareness-raising

Peer education

50 peer educators will be trained to organise local peer education activities with other young people, supporting them in recognising, countering and reporting antigypsyist hate speech online.


In order to better understand the phenomena, young people will monitor online media for online hate speech, and monitoring results will inform advocacy.


In order to create a more systemic change, all partners will target policy-makers and online media to raise their awareness of antigypsyist hate speech and ask for better measures to tackle it.


We will accompany the whole project with a strong social media presence, raising a wider audience’s awareness of the negative impact of antigypsyist hate speech, and countering it with more positive narratives.

Consortium and funding

Funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020) with co-funding from

Funding from the Google.Org Impact Challenge on Safety in the framework of ERGO Network’s project Peer education to counter antigypsyist online hate speech:


PECAO Check-in meeting

Is the internet available and safe for Roma?

PECAO’s workshop materials and media monitoring tool now available

PECAO peer educators training online and offline

Peer educators combatting antigypsyism online