30th April 2024, Oslo Norway

The Words Matter! conference will bring together global leaders, researchers and community advocates to discuss and explore ways to combat hate speech, hate crimes, and the exploitation of youth. 

Registration is free, but seats are limited. Secure your seat today!


The year’s most important global gathering on hate speech

Hate speech is a growing problem worldwide. Whether online or offline, it threatens democracy and human rights. It leads to dangerous divisions in society, affects the lives of the people being targeted, and can generate extremism, radicalization and violence. Young people are most vulnerable to this form of intolerance.
With over 20 international speakers, hundreds of delegates, and dozens of youth representatives taking part, Words Matter! is set to be the year’s most important global gathering on hate speech, hate crimes, and the exploitation of youth.

Meet the world-class speakers

Words Matter! will feature a diverse line-up of speakers from different countries and cultures to enhance awareness and knowledge of hate and its consequences, and increase understanding on how to prevent and combat this form of violence.

Joyce Banda
Former President of the Republic of Malawi
Kjell Magne Bondevik
Former Prime Minister of Norway
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Director-General for the World Health Organization (WHO)
Anne Lindboe
Mayor of Oslo
Olemic Thommessen
Former President of Parliament of Norway
Bernard Kouchner
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of France and Co-founder of Doctors Without Borders
Jagan Chapagain
Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Catharina Bu
Secretary General of the UN Association of Norway
Pierre Krähenbühl
Pierre Krähenbühl
Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Dr. Amra Sabic-El-Rayess
PhD Teachers College, Columbia University
Jørgen Watne Frydnes
Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee and Secretary General of PEN Norway
Dr. Marjan Nadim
Research professor, Institute for social research, Oslo
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
National Leader of Belarus and a Head of the United Transition Cabinet
Hasina Shirzad
Journalist and advisor, human rights
Phoebe Mungai
Country director Kenya and Somalia, The Oslo Center
Dr. Sebastian Schutte
Senior researcher at Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO)
Amanda Anvar
Advisor for Stopp hatprat (Stop hate speech)
Rolf Skjöldebrand
Co-founder, The Non-violence Project
Jacqui Thornton
Award-winning global health journalist
Finn Jarle Rode
Executive Chairman of The Oslo Center

Hosted by The Oslo Center

The conference is hosted by The Oslo Center. We will welcome leaders from politics, diplomacy, research, education, religious, humanitarian and democracy assistance organisations to discuss, strategize and develop advocacy tools on the topic of hate speech and radicalisation of youth. 

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