‘Tackling Prejudice and Preventing Hate Crime’
7th - 25th September 2015
AWAZ Cumbria has launched an Art Competition - Tackling Prejudeice and Preventing Hate Crime' for young people that will run until 25th September 2015. Cumbrian Children under the age of 11 and young people from 11+ are invited to take part in this competition. Schoold teachers, youth groups, community centres and other voluntry and community sector organisations are requested and encourgaed to promote this competition.
AWAZ Cumbria aims to foster good relations throughout Cumbria by undertaking various activities and projects that tackle prejudice and promote understanding among communities.
As part of this initiative, we are inviting young people to take part in our competition, which we hope will encourage participants to learn more about hate crime and hate incidents, and the effect they can have on individuals and communities, as well as ways in which young people can contribute to reducing hate and prejudice.
A panel of judges will award prizes to individuals in two age related categories, although we must stress that the message portrayed in each entry will be much more important to the judges than any young person’s artistic ability.
Winners will also have their designs included in the Safer Cumbria 2016 Community Safety Calendar.
Further information about hate crime can be found on the Government’s ‘Challenge it, report it, Stop it’ web pages at: http://bit.ly/1ELZ8Xs , where Easy Read information can also be seen. I have also included a copy of both, with this letter, as well as a list of the competition’s rules.
For further information please contact AWAZ Cumbria via webpage at: http://awazcumbria.org/contact
Note: Hate Crime is defined as “Any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards someone based on a personal characteristic.”
There are five types of hate crime monitored by police:
- Religion or faith
- Sexual orientation
- Disability; and
We encourage partnership working to prevent hate crime happening by challenging the attitudes and behaviours that foster hatred, and encouraging early intervention to reduce the risk of incidents escalating.