WOMAN'S DAY

#POWHERSTORIES


THE PANTS WE DON’T NEED


For centuries, we, women, fought to wear pants, to be free to choose what to wear. The truth is we never needed them to make ourselves heard, what we wear is far from being what defines us. Fighting for our rights, dreams and ideals is wearing freedom, is wearing the pants we choose, every day, even the ones we don’t need.

THROUGH
HER
EYES


MARIANA
MARQUES
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"The Portuguese President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, once told me right before an interview: «it is a great pleasure to see a young woman like you working alongside so many men. You’re the perfect example of how women can do whatever they want to». That quote stuck in my head and whenever I felt down, whenever I had to run with my 15kg camera on my shoulder to get the perfect shot, that was all I would hear."
EX-CAMERA WOMAN AT TVI

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THROUGH
HER
EYES


MARIANA
MARQUES
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"The Portuguese President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, once told me right before an interview: «it is a great pleasure to see a young woman like you working alongside so many men. You’re the perfect example of how women can do whatever they want to». That quote stuck in my head and whenever I felt down, whenever I had to run with my 15kg camera on my shoulder to get the perfect shot, that was all I would hear."
EX-CAMERA WOMAN AT TVI

TRAVEL
ALONE


CAROLINA
MONTEIRO
/

“Travelling was (and still is) a hobby, that became really important in my life since my last trip: I left my job, my house and Portugal to spend 10 months travelling alone. I’m an architect and I decided to be a freelancer so I can work from anywhere in the world. I’m part of the 100 rotas, a group travelling company that opened this year, and I’m the leader for the destination ‘India’. As a woman, I feel that during so many years we fought for women’s role to be just the same as men’s, whether in society, in life or while fighting for something we believed in. We still want and need that equality. Things are changing. Today, despite all the differences, we are who we want to be. I feel so proud to belong to these group of women, it makes me fly so high that I feel that I can travel the world by myself. And that feeling is everything!”
TRAVELLER/ARCHITECT

WOMEN
IN CHARGE


ROSA ABRAÚL
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"I feel empowered because my job needs someone to be close to people and to understand them, and that’s something I’m really comfortable with. However, being a woman in this job can also be a struggle because there’s this group of older people, that have always seen men in this kind of position, that are not that confident or at ease with a woman doing the same. "

MAYOR OF BATALHA COUNCIL

A JOB
FOR ALL

CÂNDIDA
MAGALHÃES
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“I feel it was harder a few years ago: when there was an emergency or an accident I was the one in charge and sometimes I felt my fellow colleagues wouldn't like it or would criticize my job without any apparent reason. I had to be twice as good because I was a woman. Today is different, I feel like we all have the same opportunities, there's more respect.”


FIREFIGHTER ASSISTANT CHIEF

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A JOB
FOR ALL

CÂNDIDA
MAGALHÃES
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“I feel it was harder a few years ago: when there was an emergency or an accident I was the one in charge and sometimes I felt my fellow colleagues wouldn't like it or would criticize my job without any apparent reason. I had to be twice as good because I was a woman. Today is different, I feel like we all have the same opportunities, there's more respect.”

FIREFIGHTER ASSISTANT CHIEF

Geeks Image

THE FORCE OF NATURE

RAQUEL
TEIXEIRA
/

From a little girl to a grown up woman, step by step, almost blind to it all. At least, it looks like that. One day you're dreaming about boarding a train to Vietnam, and in the other you're crossing the Red Desert, in Australia, just you and your Blanchie - also known as my car-spaceship, my Honda CR-V. Every dream achieved is a skin getting naked to breathe - it's freedom. The wind blows stronger and stronger and the Woman's voice sings, aligning intuition and heart, and I can see that. Clear as water, shining like the moon, the divine beauty painted gold in the eyes of our sisters. It was that intuition that passed rigth through me when in a full moon night I dove right into a sea of crocodiles, in the north of Australia, to clean my soul. That same heart blew two tires of my beloved Blanchie, in the middle of the Red Desert, in the very same day my Nana was gone and I was oblivious to it all...The magic of that trip is to follow that woman's heart that always knows where to go, even if it can't see. If naked and barefoot, the better.

DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER LIVING IN AUSTRALIA

DREAMS WITHOUT
BORDERS


ROSA
CABRERA
/

“My name is Rosa, I’m a Mexican living in Barcelona. I left home for the first time when I was 22 to enjoy new experiences while working in a city close to the beach. At 24 years old, I moved to Spain to study and to work. It hasn’t been easy and even though I have lots of friends here, there were so many times I felt sad and wanted to leave everything behind and just go back to my family. However, when I look back at everything I achieved living in a different culture, working in something I love and being completely independent, I feel so happy and accomplished. As a woman I feel it has been harder to reach my goals, I was questioned too many times about not following the ‘traditions’ of marrying and/or having kids, mostly because that’s still the mindset in my country. But happily, women in my family set the example for me: many of them didn’t follow these said traditions and achieved incredible things without any help. My mom and my grandma have always taught me that we, women, can do everything we set ourselves to and a lot more!”


MEXICAN LIVING IN BARCELONA

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DREAMS WITHOUT
BORDERS


ROSA
CABRERA
/

“My name is Rosa, I’m a Mexican living in Barcelona. I left home for the first time when I was 22 to enjoy new experiences while working in a city close to the beach. At 24 years old, I moved to Spain to study and to work. It hasn’t been easy and even though I have lots of friends here, there were so many times I felt sad and wanted to leave everything behind and just go back to my family. However, when I look back at everything I achieved living in a different culture, working in something I love and being completely independent, I feel so happy and accomplished. As a woman I feel it has been harder to reach my goals, I was questioned too many times about not following the ‘traditions’ of marrying and/or having kids, mostly because that’s still the mindset in my country. But happily, women in my family set the example for me: many of them didn’t follow these said traditions and achieved incredible things without any help. My mom and my grandma have always taught me that we, women, can do everything we set ourselves to and a lot more!”

MEXICAN LIVING IN BARCELONA

EQUALITY


SÓNIA BARROS
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"Apart from being a bus driver, I am also a firefighter. There was this one day I was driving and there was an accident. As a firefighter, it is my duty to help the ones in need. I told everyone in the bus I would be back in a few minutes, I was just going to provide first aid until my colleagues arrived. A male passenger told me I had stopped our route just because I couldn't manage to maneuver the bus out of the accident scene - it was a narrow street - and he left the bus. The thing is, 10 minutes later we were back on track and the passenger was still in the bus stop, waiting for another bus. But it's not only passengers that have this kind of approach, my fellow male bus drivers also show some signs of discrimination. If one of them has a hard time doing a maneuver, for instance, they think it will be even harder for me, they say 'let me do it for you'. I've always said no. And I never needed their help :)"

BUS DRIVER AND FIREFIGHTER

YES,
WE CAN

BENEDITA
FIGUEIREDO
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“To be a woman it's not to be more fragile or sensitive. To be a woman is to have the strenght to fight against all the bricks life throws at you. To be a woman is to prove we can do it and we can solve our own problems. I lived with 3 men most of my life and I never felt more fragile or less able because I was a woman. We are all the same, but we, women, are special, as we unfortunately still have to prove that we are just as strong as any men. We are a force of nature and deserve to seen like that.”


FOUNDER OF THE B HEALTHY PROJECT

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YES,
WE CAN


BENEDITA
FIGUEIREDO
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“To be a woman it's not to be more fragile or sensitive. To be a woman is to have the strenght to fight against all the bricks life throws at you. To be a woman is to prove we can do it and we can solve our own problems. I lived with 3 men most of my life and I never felt more fragile or less able because I was a woman. We are all the same, but we, women, are special, as we unfortunately still have to prove that we are just as strong as any men. We are a force of nature and deserve to seen like that.”

FOUNDER OF THE B HEALTHY PROJECT

SKY IS THE LIMIT

CONCEIÇÃO ZAGALO
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"To be a woman, not to be a woman, that's the debate we keep on having, every march. But why are we still talking about that? Just because neglecting all the potential that "they", women, have would be missing an opportunity, would even be unintelligent. Maybe that’s why the more the civilization learns from itself, the more recognized it is that the versatility and such a feminine capacity as multitasking are what really matters when it comes to make a difference or determining success. Sensitivity, elegance, perspicacity and "gentleness" are characteristics that fit like a glove in a kind of the management that is born with women. In the moment of truth, it must be assumed that, yes, the top leadership is in the profile of competencies and in the sophistication of complementarity between women and men who are committed to the common good, rather than feeding the battle of genres that keeps on going. So, in a day of homage to all women who are ruled by tears, bravery and courage, I appeal to women to make firm decisions based on the extra doses of determination that have inspired my whole life. Especially because, let's face it, being a woman really is the greatest privilege."

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR

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