Dear Friends of the Project Ser Mulher (To be a Woman),
Hello! We’d like to say a big thank you for generously giving to our project. Each and every donation makes an important contribution to our work and we are most grateful for your support.
We’d also like to let you know about a recent project activity. Over the last few months, one of the workshop themes of the Pregnant Teen and Teen Mother and Baby groups has been that of gender. The project educator introduced the subject by explaining how societies assign gender roles and how these are taught to children. Some dynamic discussions then took place among the project participants, including identifying the advantages and disadvantages of being a woman or a man. At first, the teens identified physiological differences as being advantages, such as the fact that men don’t have to suffer with menstruation or the pain of childbirth, while women can be mothers. Interestingly, when the teens moved on to discussing the disadvantages of being a man, they said that men have to work in order to sustain the family, but women don’t. This revealed a sexist vision of society, which is reproduced without awareness and not even true for many of the teens since they need to work to support their families.
A point which really caught the educators’ attention was that the teens had a very negative view of work. This originates from their own negative experience of having been badly exploited at work and also knowledge of the reality of the exploitation of family members and friends in their workplace. Because of this, the teens feel they have no promising future opportunities to look forward to, nothing different to that of the people they know. They identified work as simply a means to an end, with only one participant adding that it’s also a way to meet people. The project educator encouraged the teens to reflect on the social function of work, highlighting that in addition to being necessary to sustain a family, it’s a means through which we can contribute to society and be fulfilled as a person. This perspective was very new to the project participants and motivated them to begin thinking in a new way about the role of work in their lives and the importance of education.
Well, we hope you’ve found this news of interest and thanks again for your support of our work.
We look forward to being in touch again soon with more project news!
Muito obrigado from the project team!
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