Sylvia Lancaster will front the launch of an event on hate crime in the north.

Dr Lancaster OBE, who founded The Sophie Lancaster Foundation following the murder of her daughter in Bacup, Rossendale, Lancashire in 2007, is joining up with a charity dedicated to tackling prejudice and intolerance across our communities.

A series of ‘Changing Perspectives’ events will aim at highlighting how historical atrocities such as The Holocaust are relevant to societal issues we face today.

The organisation running the events, The Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre in Huddersfield, was set up in 2018 by Leeds-based charity, Holocaust Survivors’ Friendship Association (HSFA) in partnership with the University of Huddersfield.

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Aimed at both individuals and people working within education, the events will explore issues such as far-right extremism, racism, radicalisation, discrimination and hate crime. They will discuss how individuals and particularly those in education sectors, can help to accomplish change at social and political levels.

The hate crime in the north event will explore how Sophie’s murder led to political and social change.

Dr Sylvia Lancaster OBE said: “Confronting our own prejudices is a vital step to effecting real societal change.

"The Sophie Lancaster Foundation was set up to raise awareness of the nature of intolerance and hate we have in society against individuals just for being different from us and the devastating impact this can have.

"Events like this are so important to raise awareness and educate how we can start to stamp out prejudice, hatred and intolerance."

Also joining the event is Nazir Afzal OBE, who was the Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West of England, who has prosecuted and advised on some of the most high-profile and ground-breaking cases in the UK, including the ‘Rochdale Grooming Gang’.

The first event focusing on hate crime in the north and Sophie Lancaster’s legacy will run on Wednesday, October 13.

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