sábado, 16 de junho de 2012

Seminário sobre migrações portuguesas "O céu é o limite", Londres, 21 de Junho limite"

The role of woman in the Portuguese Diaspora has been
 relativelyunacknowledged throughout centuries of huge
 migratory movementslargely dominated by  male stereotypes.
Nevertheless emigration had in fact profound effects in the
 life of women within the family circle, in society and in the
 labour market, and women  did strongly contribute to
transform both individual immigration projects
and  the Portuguese  communities in host societies.
Traditional Portuguese policies opposed and limited
feminine emigration as women were expected to suffer
 "double discrimination" abroad (as foreigners and
as women) but recent studies and  hearings
of women speaking for themselves reveal that in many
 cases and for a majority of them, emigration signified
more rights and opportunities.
In more prosperous, modern and egalitarian societies
they became aware of individual rights and of social
causes and learned new ways of being wives, mothers,
citizens and professional workers They were a
decisive factor in the integration and in the wellbeing of
 the whole family and very often an obstacle to the choice
 of returning to the country of origin.
Inside their ethnic group, they also played an important role
 in the setting up of cultural organisations guarding traditions
 and ways of being and living collectively. But the association
 movement is still mostly led by men, women reacting in some
 cases by creating their separate associations .
The major institutions of Portuguese emigration are
still less egalitarian  than the host society as a whole
- although some more than others.
A comparative view of progress in this domain, through
 research, seminars and debates is a way to press for change.

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