Project Girls for Girls Portugal was launched in December 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic, with the aim of supporting girls and young women in Portugal with tools, resources and networks to build the confidence and the courage to lead in the public, private and social sectors.
A pilot was launched in 2021, in partnership with the leading Nova School of Business and Economics, to test a fully virtual cohort. A second cohort was launched in the same year, to test a mix of in-person and virtual sessions.
We also had unique sessions with leading national and global women leaders in all fields, including trailblazers like Teresa Fragoso (former president of the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality) and Mónica Ferro (Director of the United Nations Population Fund Agency – UNFPA – in Geneva), who inspired mentees – and mentors!
G4G Portugal launched 2 cohorts with NOVA School of Business and Economics. One in February and March 2021 (virtual pilot) with 11 mentees, and the other in October and November 2021 (hybrid second cohort) with 12 mentees.
One mentee shared “I had this idea that leaders were supposed to be this stereotype, have these specific characteristics and also had to be perfect in all the areas (…). But, through the mentors, mentees and speakers, I understood that there is not a specific archetype that you have to be in order to lead and to positively impact the life of others”.
Our target is to continue to work with leading educational institutions and centres to inspire and support young women already at the start of their leadership journey, while also localizing the Girls for Girls sessions to target underprivileged high-school girls. In 2023, we will launch the Girls for Girls Portugal Virtual series with women in leadership as guest speakers for alumnae and mentees.
Ariana Simões de Almeida
Words From A Member
Coming from a different background, as a foreigner in Portugal, I thought I wouldn’t fit in. However, as advised by the amazing mentors, I am being authentic to myself and who I am, which has changed my experience completely.