Over the weekend of September 24-26, the Casa da Mulher Trabalhadora (CAMTRA) held the course "Trocando Idéias: Mulheres Jovens na Defesa de seus Direitos" (Exchanging Ideas: Young Women in Defense of Their Rights) - 2nd module. The training was yet another activity of the institution's Young Women's Nucleus, which, through the methodology of young people for young people, seeks to contribute to the formation and self-organization of young women in the metropolitan region of the state of Rio de Janeiro. The organization received funding from ELAS, through the XI Project Competition, which is supported by Unifem.
Registration for the meeting took place from August 10 to September 15, by email and telephone, and 45 applications were received, of which 30 were selected - according to the infrastructure of the meeting. This selection prioritized diversity and equity, seeking to include participants from different groups, social movements, places of residence and study.
The participants stayed at the Hostel República do Catete, where the meeting opened with a welcome and a round of presentations on the evening of September 24th. Eleutéria Amora, CAMTRA's General Coordinator, and Marta Lago, CAMTRA's assistant, were also present.
On the following days, 25 and 26, the meeting took place at the Museum of the Republic, also in Catete. The first day of the meeting was dedicated to addressing the themes of violence against women, beauty standards and racism. All the activities were carried out using a participatory methodology, which allowed for a great exchange of learning and experiences between the participants.
At the end of the day, continuing the program of the meeting, the participants were taken to a cultural activity, to see the play "Tudo bem, quando termina bem", a free adaptation of the play by William Shakespeare, at Parque das Ruínas, in Santa Teresa.
The 26th, the last day of the meeting, began with a dynamic discussion of some myths and taboos about sexuality. Afterwards, the Arco Íris Group's Laços e Acasos (Ties and Chance) Project addressed the issues of sexual diversity and homophobia. In the afternoon, the participants, divided into groups, gave presentations on genital organs, STDs/AIDS and contraceptive methods.
There was also a time for planning joint actions and multiplication activities, and various suggestions were made, such as street activities, training and mobilization via the internet.
When it came to evaluating the meeting and handing out certificates, the atmosphere of integration was highlighted, as was the possibility for everyone to participate and share their experiences and the desire to take joint action.
The meeting was attended by 31 young women from the groups Arco-Iris, Criola, Mulheres da Paz, Conexão G, Circo Baixada, CATIVARE, among others, and members of the Núcleo de Mulheres J