Second meeting of the local network in Austria

The second local network meeting in Austria within the project V-START – Victim Support Through Awareness Raising and neTworkingtook place on June 29th 2018 at the office of the Austrian consortium partner ZARA – Zivilcourage und Anti-Rassismus Arbeit (civil courage and anti-racism work). In total 15 representatives of 12 different organisations took further steps to strengthen an effective, trans-sectoral network and thereby form a joint lobby for those affected by hate crime and for more visibility and awareness ofhate crime in Austria. The participant group consisted of representatives of Afro Rainbow Austria, Amnesty International Austria, Anti-Discrimination Office Styria, Andi-Discrimination Office Salzburg, #aufstehn, Dokustelle – Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Racism, IDB – Initiative für eindiskriminierungsfreies Bildungswesen,Neustart, Queer Base, Weisser Ring, ZARA-Training and ZARA – Civil Courage and Anti-Racism-Work.

Diverse organisations with different focal points attended the second meeting with a clear common interest in strengthening, expanding and developing support mechanisms for those affected by hate crime and in making hate crime as a phenomenon more visible.Participants focused on exchanging shared interests, best practice examples, commonly experienced or particular hindrances as well as ideas in regards to the networks’ objectives.As such, the priorities of the network’s activities were formulated and the first strategic steps were identified. The network jointly decided that the third local meeting will have to cover a thorough problem analysis and a specification of real and feasible benchmarks and goals, which will be presented in the framework of the fifth local network meeting in December 2018.