‘Tackling Racism’, created by the rights group Greek Forum of Migrants (GFM), aims to address discrimination and prejudice around newcomers, in particular refugees and asylum seekers, and highlight the power of football to bring communities and cultures together.
The campaign’s video was premiered on 19 October during a press conference at the Cultural Center of the City of Athens. It features players from Hope Refugee FC – a football team of refugees and asylum seekers living in temporary settlements in Athens – to show the impact of football on the lives of some of its players and a best practice example. It will be aired on national television after the launch for a period of one month in various TV channels in Greece.
The press conference counted with the participation of the Greek Secretary-General for Transparency and Human Rights Maria Giannakaki, Vice Mayor and President of Migrants Integration Council of the Municipality of Athens Lefteris Papayannakis, former President of the National Commission on Human Rights Kostis Papaioannou, Hope Refugee FC representative Nikos Delagramatikas and football journalist Nassos Bratsos, who will all discuss issues related to inclusion and discrimination in football.
GFM aims to further contribute to the process of integrating migrants in the local communities in Greece with this initiative that is part of the Football People weeks and increase the involvement of migrants in their host communities.
Hope Refugee FC is an initiative created and supported by ‘Organization Earth’ – a Greek NGO that focus on sustainable development – whereby young and adult refugees engage in activities to increase their social and personal development.