Sylvia Lancaster to launch hate crime at northern charity event
Sylvia Lancaster will host the launch of a hate crimes event in the North.
Dr Lancaster OBE, who founded the Sophie Lancaster Foundation following the murder of her daughter in Bacup, Rossendale, Lancashire in 2007, joins a charity dedicated to fighting prejudice and intolerance in our communities .
A series of “Changing Perspectives” events will aim to highlight the relevance of historical atrocities such as the Holocaust to the societal issues we face today.
The organization organizing the events, The Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Center in Huddersfield, was established in 2018 by the Leeds-based charity Holocaust Survivors’ Friendship Association (HSFA) in partnership with the University of Huddersfield.
Aimed at both individuals and those working in the field of education, the events will explore issues such as far-right extremism, racism, radicalization, discrimination and hate crimes. They will discuss how individuals, and in particular those in education sectors, can help to effect change at social and political levels.
The Northern Hate Crime event will explore how Sophie’s murder brought about political and social change.
Dr Sylvia Lancaster OBE said: “Confronting our own biases is a vital step in effecting real societal change. The Sophie Lancaster Foundation was created to raise awareness of the nature of the intolerance and hatred we have in society against individuals simply because they are different from us and the devastating impact that this can have. Events like this are so important in raising awareness and educating how we can begin to eliminate prejudice, hatred and intolerance. ”
Nazir Afzal OBE, who was Crown Prosecutor for the North West of England, has also prosecuted and advised some of the UK’s most high-profile and groundbreaking cases, including the “Rochdale Grooming Gang”. ‘.
The first event focusing on hate crimes in the north and the legacy of Sophie Lancaster will take place on Wednesday, October 13.
To book this free event, visit holocaustlearning.org.uk/events/hate-crime-in the-north-sophies-legacy /