CARMO PEREIRA
portugal

“I don’t believe in a complete social change [..] But I see a group that supports and is ready to challenge the norms.”

Q: What word would you use to describe yourself? – Challenging

Q: what bought you here? what are things are you facing back home? – I’ve been doing with my own project on sex education and activism, but the project has been disconnected from any institutional support or any network of support. What brought me here was the validation of being part of a European network.

Q: when you hear the word hate speech what comes to mind? – The speech falls and it becomes substituted by a full cloud of words, like behaviours, structures. Hate speech or hate cloud is connected to oppression, it is facilitated by systems that impose norms into society.

It also brings to my mind my personal context. What are common issues around gender and LGBTQI+. If I look at the national context what we have been dealing with over the last few years and what we are now starting to recognise is racism. Religious intolerance is something that we also need to start acknowledging.

Q: Had there been a moment where you have felt confident to tackled hate speech? – I work as a sex educator with adults, so I address issue around gender, minority genders and ableism. Giving people the means to address hate speech.

Q: What skills and knowledge have you gained from being part of this training course? – I became more flexible about other forms of teaching and sharing. I was much more connected with formal education and this has helped me a lot. The tools of non-formal education were very new to me. I had thought I was very aware about intersectionality and now I’ve become even more curious and eager to learn.

Q: Why is this project important to you? – I don’t believe in a complete social change. That things will get all pretty and the world will become a beautiful place suddenly. But I see a group that supports and is ready to challenge the norms. We grow up with each other and challenge the context of each other but in our own areas of work.

Q: What have you learnt from other participants? – “What haven’t I learnt?” I’m starting to learn a lot about different religions and the different national contexts regarding LGBTQIA+ rights. How different skills play into space with bring your own shine. Even though we have amazing training, the biggest core of learning has come from all the participants.

Q: What does equality mean for you? – Recognising that we all have different paths and accesses, and that we will create ways of everybody accessing not the same things but the things they want, free will becomes universal and not a privilege thing and self-determination becomes something that has something to do with the individual.

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