Stirling students combat Islamophobia in Barcelona

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Masters students Julian Lohaus, Sophia Viktoria and Sophia Ko hold up signs from the #BCNvsOdi anti-hate speech conference. Photo credit: La Prueba Prejuicios

A group of fifteen Stirling masters students, currently studying abroad in Barcelona, are among those taking part in a global project to combat racism.

The students, who come from across the world, have created the La Prueba Prejuicios (Prejudice Test) campaign in response to the troubling anti–Muslim sentiment which been rising in Europe since the refugee crisis and the terrorist attacks that have struck the continent in the last few years.

The campaign aims to get people to challenge their prejudices and misconceptions about Muslims by using social media to create an “online community of acceptance”, according to their website.

The students are maintaining a blog and social media profiles on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, in order to provide support for Muslims primarily in the Barcelona area, but also the wider world. All are linked at the end of this article.

They have also attended several conferences held by the Mayor of Barcelona, who has focused on targeting racism in the city. The students used these events to obtain information on the issue of Islamophobic hate speech in Barcelona, and to build a social media network.

The campaign is part of the wider Edventure Partners project, which had been sponsored by Facebook and the United States Department of State. The project has worked with over 100 universities across five continents.

This is the first time that either the University of Stirling or the Barcelona host university, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, have taken part in the project.

You can find out more about La Prueba Prejuicios by visiting their blog at lapruebaprejuicios.weebly.com

The campaign can also be found by searching for ‘La Prueba Prejuicios’ on Facebook, ‘@prejudicetest’ on Twitter, or ‘@theprejudicetest’ on Instagram.

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