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Plataforma Geni (Lisboa)
An autonomous online platform made for and by immi- grant women to promote women’s empowerment and rights. During the pandemic, they have formed a solidarity network by inviting immigrant women to ask for and to offer psychological social, and material support.
We are, like most people, concerned and apprehensive about the future, mainly because we have contact with many women in situations of social vulnerability and with complex problems. But we are calm and reasonable at the moment, seeking to inform ourselves and following recommendations of the Portuguese government. We have been working firmly and together while trying to help women who come to us for help through Plataforma Geni, which usually organizes instructional discussion groups to help immigrant
women learn and practice a second language. Our goal is to help women learn more about their rights and empower themselves; all classes are organized with themes regarding gender equality. In addition, we hold a feminist conversation circle to connect new insights and ideas by bringing together several women to discuss topics that are dear to us. In all projects, we see women creating bonds and friendships with each other. This leaves us immensely grateful and happy, motivating us to continue and develop other projects.
Helena Silvestre has been an activist for her entire life. She lives in the south of the city of São Paulo. There, among many other projects, she started the Abya Yala Feminist School. A place where women organize locally and build what Helena calls a “favelada feminism.”
The Abya Yala Feminist School is a permanent challenge: to build, from favela women, a feminism that expresses and embraces what we are, with our trajectory of black diasporas, indigenous genocides, expulsion from the land and reconstruction of community in violated territories such as favelas and peripheries.
As we are rooted in territories that never existed free from hunger, our first thought when the pandemic hit was: women will not be able to stay at home while their families are in need. We immediately started an organizing process between us, shared tasks, mapped women in extreme situations, mapped volunteer women with a car and mapped food donors. From those first deliveries, the mental health alert rang: many grateful women received food baskets and told us, sometimes crying, the story of how they were on the edge. So we started to organize psychological assistance at a distance with two psychologists who are part of the Abya Yala, building protocols and procedures. The psychological assistance reinforced another debate, which is the situation of domestic violence with women locked up with their aggressors. Hence, this was another front established with some ideas that we are trying to produce as minimal support networks for women who are in suffering like this.
Don’t Panic: Let's Organize! is a citizen-led coalition project in Bologna, Italy comprised of over 40 organizations –from anarchist trade unions to friars' groups."
In Italy, care is so disproportionately assigned to women. Not just children, but also our elderly. That's something people are starting to understand and appreciate more. It needs to be evened out. Second, we need to invest in care.
By "care" I also mean prevention. Progressive healthcare workers are trying to advocate for searching for your patients in the community--you have to go and find them and have them tested before they degenerate into being seriously ill and needing the national healthcare system. We need to be taking care of people much earlier on. It's more sustainable economically, and of course, people live better that way, they get less sick.