“Sempre à Mão”

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A World Needs encontra-se a desenvolver a iniciativa “Sempre à Mão”, com o objetivo de contactar pessoas idosas que se encontram mais isoladas das suas famílias. Com efeito, através do contributo dos voluntários, por via de chamadas telefónicas, pretende-se dar voz a todos aqueles que precisam de ser ouvid@s, contribuindo para o desenvolvimento de afetos e melhoria do bem estar emocional de todos os visados.

Toda esta iniciativa tem a ação e acompanhamento de profissionais, que irão garantir a proteção, segurança e o salutar desenrolar da atividade.

Por esta razão, se queres dar o teu contributo sem precisares de sair de casa, voluntaria-te a participar nesta iniciativa que ocupa pouco mais de 30 minutos por semana.

O que precisas de fazer:

1º Inscreve-te no formulário em baixo;
2º Aguarda o contacto por parte da equipa da World Needs;
3º Participa na ação de formação que será divulgada oportunamente;
4º Dá de ti ao outro com a tua ação de voluntariado;
5º Partilha o teu testemunho

As inscrições para esta iniciativa irão decorrer até ao dia 11 de junho de 2021, com limite de participantes.

Limpeza Costeira na Praia de São Jacinto

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No passado dia 22 de maio, a Associação World Needs promoveu uma ação de limpeza na Praia de São Jacinto, em Aveiro, que contou com a parceria da Junta de Freguesia de São Jacinto.

De forma a assinalar o Dia Europeu do Mar, celebrado anualmente a 20 de maio, a World Needs promoveu uma nova ação de limpeza costeira, com uma duração aproximada de 4 horas, que contou com a participação de 16 voluntários, os quais recolheram um total de 201 kg de lixo.

Das categorias mais comuns de lixo recolhido destaca-se o lixo pequeno abaixo de 2,5 cm, com especial ênfase nas centenas de pedaços de plástico recolhidos ao longo da iniciativa, as garrafas de bebida de plástico, materiais e equipamentos usados na pesca, como cordas e armadilhas, e ainda, pedaços de vidro. Tampas de garrafas de plástico e metal e embalagens de comida foram também alguns dos itens mais encontrados ao longo da extensão limpa na praia de S. Jacinto.

Com os plásticos a dominarem uma vez mais os resíduos encontrados nesta
iniciativa, a Associação World Needs destaca a urgência que existe em consciencializar as pessoas para o impacto que as ações de cada um têm no meio ambiente, para com o qual é imperativo ter mais respeito.

Porque proteger o meio ambiente é responsabilidade de todos.

Dia das Boas Ações

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No âmbito da comemoração do Dia das Boas Ações, neste mês de abril, a World Needs decidiu abraçar a iniciativa e desenvolver uma boa ação: enviar cartões de agradecimento aos profissionais de saúde. Esta ação foi desenvolvida com o apoio de professores e alunos de algumas escolas que, sensibilizadas com esta ideia, se juntaram à World Needs para levar a cabo tal tarefa. Concretizaram, assim, várias dezenas de cartões destinados a utentes que se encontram em internamento.

Uma das escolas participantes foi a Escola Visconde de Salreu – Agrupamento de Escolas de Estarreja. Os cartões criados pelas crianças desta escola foram reencaminhados para o IPO do Porto que, mal receberam as várias mensagens, decidiram criar um mural para que todos os seus utentes pudessem ver, ler e sentir o carinho e alento que as crianças quiseram transmitir.

Com esta iniciativa a World Needs pretendeu, não só demonstrar o seu apreço pelo esforço de todos os profissionais de saúde, como também criar alguma consciência cívica das crianças nas escolas. Tornou-se possível sensibilizar estes alunos para a existência de outras crianças ou adultos que, pelas circunstâncias do seu dia a dia, se encontram em situações mais vulneráveis.

feedback recebido por parte dos professores que realizaram esta atividade foi bastante positivo, uma vez que consideraram ser de extrema importância sensibilizar os seus alunos para o cuidado a ter para com o outro.

A World Needs considera que esta atividade foi uma mais valia para o enriquecimento pessoal de toda a equipa mas, também, das crianças que participaram nesta boa ação.

Deixamos o nosso agradecimento a todos os envolvidos, nomeadamente, à Escola Visconde de Salreu- Agrupamento de Escolas de Estarreja e  à Escola Conde Dias Garcia.

Este agradecimento é também extensível a todos os profissionais de saúde que continuam a dar o máximo de si para garantirem os cuidados de saúde das respetivas populações.   

A todos, o nosso muito obrigado!

Delivery of goods to health professionals

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World Needs carried out an initiative aimed at providing support to health professionals who work directly with Covid patients. There are several professionals combating COVID-19, especially doctors, nurses and assistants who are directly at the forefront in the reception and treatment of patients. These elements have been tireless, continuing to be able to respond beyond their limits, under conditions of great stress, and beyond the lack of resources, such as the scarcity of personal protective equipment so often identified. 

World Needs recognizes and praises the role, effort and dedication of health professionals in combating the pandemic, and through the project on the social aspect of the association - Help to Help - carried out an initiative aimed at providing support to these professionals. The activity focused on the collection of food items, capable of reinforcing the pauses of the health professionals in question, with more than 480 items including cookies, cereal bars and nuts.

For the materialization of this initiative we had the support of Frutorra-Pimenta LDA., a company strongly recognized for the import, processing and distribution of appetizers, dried fruits and vegetables, and with the help of Pingo Doce, through a card gift previously offered to our association.

Our thanks to these two entities for all the support provided. 

And to all health professionals, thank you very much!

Toy Collection Initiative

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Underneath the constant goal of promoting timeless and intercultural solidarity, the World Needs Organization carried out, around December of 2020, a Toy Collection Campaign with the ultimate goal of supporting a group of children institutionalized and in situation of economic need.

Conscious of the reality these children go trough and aware of the disparities between them and the non-institutionalized, that are irrefutably more evident in the weeks leading up to the Christmas season, the desire to contribute to each of these children’s Christmas to become a happier one grew inside all of us.

This being said, the Toy Collection Campaign began with the creation an online donation base and to encourage solidarity among the youngest, contacts with several Primary Schools were also established, in order to place a box of collection in their facilities. 

Achieving much more than the initial expectations, this initiative enabled us to gather more than 600 toys, thus allowing us to distribute them to four of the many institutions previously identified: three of them in Murtosa and one in Esmoriz. The World Needs Organization, among all of those who donated and contributed in different ways to this cause, was able to support a total of around 140 children with more than 360 toys. 

Despite the current pandemic situation and State of Emergency recently declared, that conditioned the accomplishments of this campaign - leaving the distribution of the remaining 300 toys pending - we have already ascertained the delivery to a fifth institution, located in Aveiro. 

Built out of the success of this and other initiatives carried out by World Needs, we are left to thank the kindness of all the contributions that came our way, allowing us to keep believing that it is possible to turn dreams into some sort/level of reality. This is why we have no doubts that dreams are the ones that truly rule life,

“Whenever a man dreams,,

  The world bounces and moves forward
  Like colorful ball
  Among the hands of a child”

Initiative to support homeless people

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On December 22, 2020, World Needs concluded a Christmas initiative with the collaboration of an Association to support homeless people in Porto.

After contacting several institutions associated with this cause, we received a positive answer, which aimed at providing a symbolic “gift” to its users. World Needs readily accepted the challenge, and started yet another activity that would culminate in the success desired by everyone.

We started by defining that the “gift” that we would give would be something useful and in accordance with the needs of the 97 users of this Association. In this way we decided what winter material could meet what we needed and started contacting textile companies that could help us in the supply and distribution of winter clothes.

It is in this sense that SIGNA Design appears, to whom we thank in advance for the availability shown since the beginning. Together we proceeded to order 100 winter kits composed each by a hat, scarf and gloves.

In this context, it is important to mention the essential support of CIVILRIA, through monetary sponsorship, without which it would not have been possible to acquire the material.

In addition to the winter kits mentioned above, we also had the opportunity to join forces to provide support also through food. In this chapter we counted on the precious collaboration of PANEGARA, which provided 84 boxes of wheat-based products, as well as the MINA DA ESTAÇÃO pastry shop in São João da Madeira, which made available a wide variety of cakes and sweets.

So, with everyone's help, we hope to have contributed to sweeten and warm up the Christmas of those who need it the most.

Thank you, Pingo Doce!

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Pingo Doce, through it's Social Responsibility Department, partnered with World Needsin support of the HelptoHelp Project, offering us a gift card that allowed us to carry yet another initiative in it's behalf.
 
Today, early in the morning, we purchased hygiene goods, such as tampons, sanitary towels and shampoos that will help nearly 50 institutionalized children and youngsters.
 
We can make the difference together, today and always.
 
It feels good to help!
Thank you, Pingo Doce! ❤️

Toy Collection Intiative

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Hi,

World Needs is currently undertaking a toy collection intiative, to be donated to children hosting institutions throught Portugal.

It is our aim to manage and organize all of these donations, from north to south of Portugal, so that it is possible to deliver these toys to the selected institutions. 

We are accepting toys suitable for 0 to 10 year old children. We only accept toys that are clean, not broken and that can have new use.

We are conviced that we can offer a loving and tender Christmas to the best of the World: children!

For your contribution, please fill in the following form:

Gender equality: an analysis of the Portuguese reality

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Currently, gender equality is an important topic, not because it is trendy, but because it is imperative to end gender discrimination (1). Although in 1918 some women got the right to vote, 100 years later, the Guardian newspaper published testimonies on predictions for the next 100 years and none of them were optimistic (2). The Gender Gap Report of 2020 confirms it and adds that “none of us will see gender parity in our lifetimes, and nor likely will many of our children” (3). So, it is imperative that gender equality is understood as important for both men and women (4).

Fortunately, equality between women and men is a fundamental value of the European Union (EU), enshrined throughout its history and Treaties since 1957 (5,6). To help to close the gender gap and reduce inequalities, the EU developed a new strategy for the next five years (7). However, the movement promoting gender equality has known advances and setbacks over the past century (8).

In Portugal, for years (1926-1974) women were not seen as someone with an active role in society (9). After the end of the dictatorship, the inclusion of women in the labour market and the promotion of policies guided towards gender equality were of major importance to promote the model of a dual-earner couple (10). However, much remain to be done.

The Portuguese labour market is characterised by a high participation of women in full-time employment, but men continue to occupy the dominant positions whereas women are often relegated to more disqualified positions (10). Also, according to the European Social Rights Committee, Portugal is one of the 14 countries that violates the right of the equality of salary and work opportunities between genders (11). The increase of women on the labour market mentioned before is not followed by the increase of men in domestic life (10). When a couple is unemployed, the women tend to be tied to domestic work 24/7. However, with men, the contribution only increases during the weekdays (12).

Considering the academic context, even though women represent most students at higher education institutions, majority of university women suffered some type of harassment (13). Also, when entering positions of leadership the male leaders' percentage is far higher compared to women, approximately 66% against 34% in 2019 (14). Inequalities also appear in other sectors such as the media media, where authority figures such as experts and specialists, presented are most of the times men (15). Another phenomenon is violence in the older generation. From a study made, it is possible to say that from 10 older women around 60 years old, 4 already suffered violence or abuses (16).

This should not happen in the current and modern world we live in, and the term feminist lacks from a global understanding and widespread acceptance to ensure that gender equality is achieved. However, as a movement, feminism, the fight for equality between men and women, has never had a solid footing in Portugal (8).

To better understand the Portuguese reality regarding gender equality, four interviews were carried out with people involved in gender equality projects. One of the questions, in common, to all the interviews was “How do you look at new generations who speak more openly about the subject and seek to change the course of history, for example through social networks? Will this be essential, or will it take more “fighting” in the real world?”. The answers about this subject are similar throughout the interviews. Social media will not change the world, but it can help when used properly and in coordination with what happens in the offline world. However, its use needs to be careful and ensure the transmission of fact-based information since the knowledge flow can be the most non-violent weapon (17). Therefore, there is the need to consider which platform to be used, how to use it, when to post and who is the target audience. Also, it must be ensured that hate comments are not promoted but can help to start a debate between different mindsets.

Another common question to all the interviewees was “46 years have passed since the Portuguese revolution of April 25th, 1974. How do you see the situation of gender equality in Portugal today comparing to those times?”. In those times women were totally dependent of men as stated by one interviewee and the inequality was part of the national law, as stated by two interviewees. Although all the interviewees agree that progress has been made since then, inequality still exists in people’s mindset and in different sectors of society. As mentioned by interviewee 4:

“We are far from what we should be. Obviously, we managed earn enough rights and we managed to walk baby steps but there is a lot to do mainly on the issue of education and changing the mindsets.”

Another common matter in Portuguese society is related to passiveness demonstrated by its population when it comes to more delicate and political subject matters. Taking this into consideration, it was asked “Do you consider that they (Portuguese people) are still passive when it comes to taking actions to reduce or eliminate gender inequality?”. Interviewee 4 believes that there is an “illiteracy” that is still prevalent as heritage from the dictatorship. Also, there is a widespread lack of trust in political institutions. Interviewees 1 and 3 agreed that it is always given priority to economic matters. Interviewee 3 also brought to light that there is a permanent belief that the situation “could always be worse”, instead of considering that there is room for improvement. Namely with the pandemic of COVID-19 and the risk of a new crisis, people tend to focus on other aspects of society and gender equality loses importance on a daily basis (18).

Interviewee 1 added that there are many traditional proverbs that reflect how gender inequality is engrained in society and how hard it is to dissipate those ideas. Interviewee 2 mentioned that Portuguese society is not homogenous and that some ideas and behaviours linked to gender discrimination are still prevalent in younger generations. As mentioned by Interviewee 1 we should avoid looking at Portuguese society as a whole.

Regarding data collected about gender inequality in the European Union, it was asked “The report on gender equality from 2020 concludes that it will take about 99.5 years to end this gender inequality. Do you think that in Portugal it can take even longer?”. Interviewees 1 and 2 both believe that Portugal is at the same pace as western countries. The latter believes there is a governmental effort and there is positive progress. Interviewee 3 corroborated what was found on research that while women have conquered a place on the workforce, the same cannot be said about men and domestic labour (10). On the other hand, interviewee 4 disagreed. She believes Portugal will take much longer to reach gender equality, enforcing that it is important to educate children, particularly young boys, and that it is important for women to unite:

“Fortunately, we have reached a point where we have provided education to girls that has given them plenty of tools to reach several places that were unreachable before. But the truth is we are still forgetting an even more important factor that will transform those 100 or 400 years that there is left for Portugal to change mindsets, from those 400 into 150 years, which is boys.“

Still regarding predictions for the future, the following question was “One of the UN's goals for 2030 is to achieve gender equality in the world. However, in Portugal, there are still many inequalities in different areas, for example the academic world, in top leadership and even in domestic life itself. It is possible to predict how we will be in 2030?”. The overall sentiment from the interviewees was that it is very hard to predict what is in store for the next few years. There was also a shared concern for the rise of the far-right in the country. Interviewee 3 added that there are many young women and men adopting sexist views. However, she also believes that there is the opposite movement:

“What I’m aware is that we have a gender inequality problem and that problem is creating two spikes, a feminist spike and a conservative spike. And what will happen is that if one of them grows, so will the other one, for better or worse. What we must do is hold on. And if we keep holding on and continue to work, there is hope.“

It was also asked “Data from 2019 from the European Institute for Gender Equality shows that Portugal with 59.9% is below average in terms of achieving this equality. This linked to recent news that our country is one of the 14 that violates the right to equal pay, according to the European Social Rights Commission, does not favour our position. What is your opinion on the subject?” Interviewees 2 and 3 stated that there is a gender gap and although Portugal is not the only case in the European Union, interviewee 2 also pointed out that there is legislation regarding equal pay. Interviewee 4 believes that women are still accepting of the gender gap and accept it as normal.

An important matter is also the need to review paternity and maternity leaves. Although in Portugal is dominated as parental leave (19) it is still common for the mother to be the one who stays at home. This happens because while dividing the parental leave for the mother and the father, many fathers still do not have the opportunity to experience the parental leave, given their employers’ (20).

Interviewee 1 is a book writer and teacher in fashion in Portugal. In her book, which tackles gender equality over generations, she interviewed a group of women of different ages and different backgrounds. The goal was to study their life and point of views about society and a particular item of clothing from the past, the corset since this is a characteristic piece of clothing related to the female gender. One of the things that was mentioned by her was that from 23 women, only two claim that were satisfied with their bodies, namely the oldest and the youngest. She also said that an explanation for this may be that these two women are at a similar stage in their lives and they do not care about stereotypes and society. However, from other point of view, one of the comments that she also heard was that sometimes the look that women usually got on the streets can be very disturbing. Interviewee number 3 referred to something similar. The female body is a public subject. She stated:

“I feel that the female body continues to be public.”.”

This adds a huge pressure on women, since there is the feeling that there is always someone analysing the way they dress or talk in front of society.

Interviewee 2 works on a governmental organisation. One of the questions was about the reason behind the choices of studies and jobs by women. In his opinion and the studies carried out in the organisation show that although women have better grades, comparing to men, there are not many girls going to certain fields of engineering such as electronical or mechanical. The lack of women in politics and activism also happens, given the fact that, when women get married, they need to balance their job with the house and the kids. The same does not happen with men (15). The information confirmed that women still work more hours at home than men.

Interviewee 4 also mentioned that about gender equality in the world, when a feminist gives one step forward the patriarchy pushes them 2 steps back. It is important to do not forget that the progress made can always disappear. That was other subject discussed, the weight of the word feminism and what it represents. Interviewee number 4 talked about the word “feminism” and the strength of the word just by itself.

Interviewee number 3 also states that there are many people that are not feminists because they do not know the right meaning of the word. Therefore, it can be difficult to reduce the judgement that feminism is associated with the idea that women are superior to men. However, as stated by the Oxford Dictionary, feminism is “the belief and aim that women should have the same rights and opportunities as men; the struggle to achieve this aim”(21). Many definitions can be identified depending on who is using the term and for what purpose (22). As well, many types of feminism can be identified worldwide (23,24). This need to be considered when discussing the topic since the idea that feminism is a whole and cannot be divided can harm its aim.

With this idea of demystification of the word “feminism” emerges the importance of education. It was found that there is the need to educate younger generations before the formulation of stereotypes in their heads as mentioned by interviewee 4. The role of schools is very important, especially primary schools since children notice and internalise that becomes the rule. Considering that children are the future and given what society and the school teach them from the beginning, the gender inequality becomes stronger and easier to understand.

Also, there is the need to focus more on the education of young boys for gender equality. A very important path has been made regarding the empowerment of women in different sectors and there is still much to be done (25). However, education should start to focus on how to educate young boys so that they are also activists for gender equality and help to reduce the chance that they can turn into the next aggressor since gender inequality and violence against women can be seen as two sides of the same coin (26).

To finish the interviews, it was questioned: “what do you think is necessary to do for people to be more involved in the fight for gender equality, as elements of a modern society?” Interviewees 1 and 4 had to say that there is a lot to be done, but also sometimes it is not necessary much to get people involved. The consensus was the importance of education and that more involvement from young people is needed. Interviewee 2 mentioned:

“You, young people, have a very important role to get more involved, to fight, to pass along the message. Today there is a lot of information and accessible one. Many people are against it (gender equality) and speak without information. When confronted with current data, their perception changes. With data it can be easy to change mindsets. Many people are convinced that women rule more than men, but when you show them the statistics that is not the reality and people react “Oh, I had no idea”. Sometimes it’s easy to deconstruct beliefs of most people with some data.”

This study found out that the use of social media to inform about different situations of the world, namely gender equality will rise. Second, there is the need to reinforce gender equality in education programmes starting from a young age and targeting girls and boys. Thirdly, even though Portugal introduced the change from a maternal leave to a parental leave most fathers are still not obligated to use their days which can lead to a regular maternal leave in some cases. To conclude, more work is needed to achieve gender equality in all areas of our society. Also, the analysis of the word “feminism” can help or harm the fight for gender equality depending on the person that advocates to be a feminist and for what purpose.

For the researchers of this study feminism aims to achieve gender equality and that means put women and men at the same level, with the same rights and responsibilities.

 

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Bullying

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He is among us. So among us that it grows to be underestimated? It shouldn´t!

It ought to be an urgent representation of the necessity for intervention and prevention. It is among us in such a way that we can be friends or family with those who may be victims of this problem. And there are so many victims! Even if there was only one, the suffering is major and must be repaired.

At school, at work, during family time, at all the places we should require to be locations of sharing and security, are not always like that. We do not live a cold war; we face a warm and open war. I reference to live because we are all living it. No one can stay unsympathetic to the fact that children die due to this dilemma.

Do you think this is a trend?

According to Unicef, 50% of adolescents in the whole world suffer violence at school and nearby. Teenagers can be fascinated to a lot of matters associated with fashion of their period: computer games, video games, singers, etc. These so-called addictions, some on a healthy level and some not so much, are dependent of adult supervision. The amounts of bullying are the mirror of society as it is typified, reflecting the competition between girls, and the need to demonstrate virility among boys.

Adults are that way, and they are children's role models. In the form of conflict resolution, rooted stereotypes are envisioned and established from an early age. Is it possible to be shaped? Of course, yes! That is what the community does. "Now everything is bullying." It is not like that. Do not normalize what is not supposed to be normalized. Do not let the ones suffering in a teeter. Also, do not demonize the person who practices it, especially if they are a child.

"Not everything is bullying". It is not like that. Do not normalize what is not supposed to be normalized. Do not let the ones suffering in a teeter. Also, do not demonize the person who practices it, especially if they are a child.

There is a sense behind everything that does not make sense. The reason is always there, even if it is not explicit. I could bring you statistics, but I am proud to have made a difference, many years ago, helping a close friend.

Perhaps more than many adults, I was a child, trying to help another child. Empathy and active listening were not words that were part of my vocabulary. But they were natural in my heart.

It does not require many studies, but today, I know that having had the theoretical bases would have helped.

Conscious professionals, for more happy people in the present! No judgmental minds.