Monitoring hate speech: Challenging and understanding religious exclusion in Pakistan

Building the capacity of those specifically countering hate speech and develop focused approaches and policies aimed at youth in particular.


This project aims to gain a full understanding of online and offline hate speech in Pakistan; how to create and spread content which improves attitudes or contributes to the prevention of violent action; and engage in advocacy for policies addressing religious minority discrimination.

The activities centre on four elements:

  • Conducting research: including mapping trends in online and offline hate speech, the barriers to reporting incidents and exploring linkages with changes in actions or behaviour.
  • Awareness raising and capacity building of ICT systems and grassroots organisations.
  • Training young people.
  • Monitoring the impact of designed counter measures against hate speech.


  • Three authoritative annual reports on online and offline hatespeech published and disseminated – hard copy and online.
  • Comprehensive lexicon of terminology for internal use
  • Design and run online stigma survey
  • Run series of FGDs on what messages work for influencing attitudes.
  • Run training for young people on creating positive online content.
  • At least 270 text, video, audio, image items with positive content created. Between 40-120 text, video or oral items telling minority women’s stories.
  • Engagement in dialogue with federal and provincial duty bearers, securing at least some steps towards policy or legal changes addressing religious minority discrimination.


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