Solange Aquino, Portugal



Solange Aquino, Portugal

Born in Brazil Solange immigrated to and has lived in Portugal since 1990. She has degrees in Science and Psychology, and has been a Technical Director of Casa Seis for 18 years.
 She has worked for a project to fight against poverty for a population, mostly of African origin. She has worked with young girls, creating the “Youth on the Move” group, which developed volunteer activities within the community, encouraging activities with children, and organized a group of volunteers who cared for small children while the mothers attended literacy classes, developing school support and leisure activities for children and young people at times opposed to school. The objective of working towards gender equality and female empowerment is to develop working methodologies that involve the population in the search for solutions to their own problems and difficulties.

Her Project will involve a group of women especially from Africa, who, living in Europe, want to keep with their children some values of their culture, language, music, dance and clothing. She also works in Cape Verde (Mothers without Borders) with poor families, whose objective is to work on the issues of parenting and positive relationships within the family. The award will be used to create a “Sewing Lab” that allows this community to make clothes and accessories with African fabrics and materials for their children and other children. Solange’s project will serve around fifteen women who, at the same time, can respond to the desire to see the symbols of their culture in their children while producing clothing that can give them entrepreneurial skills to progress in the work force.

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