The training event “Dare to Dream! Young Roma Women: Empowerment and Social Entrepreneurship”,
promoted by the Portuguese Network of Young People for Gender Equality (REDE) and the Association for the
Development of Portuguese Roma Women (AMUCIP), took place on 10 and 11 January at the Lisbon Youth
This training event was organized within the context of the Dare to Dream! Project in partnership with the Italian
coordination for the European Women’s Lobby (LEF Italia) and the Artemisszió Foundation with the aim of contributing
to the reflection on the situation of young Roma women in Portugal and Europe and to enable an
empowering and human-rights-focused intervention.
The event was open for everyone interested in sharing their experience or learning with experts from countries like
Portugal, Italy or Hungary.
The first day of activities began with the opening session, at 10.00 am, in which were present representatives from the
promoter organizations (REDE and AMUCIP) and from the Lisbon Youth Centre, as well as representatives from other
In the course of the morning, took place the debate “Dare to Dream! Methodologies focused on Empowerment”, while
the afternoon was reserved for various workshops, within the context of community education with young Roma
Women, social entrepreneurship and skills mapping.
During the second and last day of the event, were held the debates “Young Roma Women and Social Entrepreneurship”,
with the presence of representatives from various institutions working on gender equality and human rights, and
“Building an Inclusive Europe for the Young Roma Women”, to which were invited various Portuguese members of the
European Parliament. This day was also marked by the workshops “Short-films for Social Change: collaborative creation
of short-films” and “Enter Dignityland!”.
Finally, the closing ceremony took place at 05.00 pm, and was destined to make a retrospective analysis of the event,
as well as a reflection on the main theme, the situation of Young Roma Women and their access to social rights and,
consequently, adequate education and work opportunities.
For more information about this event contact the Portuguese Network of Young People for Gender Equality via e-mail