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Lisbon, February 6th 2020


APF and Vodafone Foundation develop platform on Gender Equality and Sexual Orientation

  • is aimed to young people, educators and families

For many young people, school is still not a safe place. According to the EU LGBT Survey, around 94% of young LGBT people have been the object of negative comments and behaviour in Portuguese schools. Existing data on dating violence show that almost one third of boys legitimate dating violence and about 24% normalise sexual violence in relationships.

Moreover, according to studies carried out in Portugal by the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (CIG), assigning different value to men and women’s work begins in children between the ages of 6 and 8. The results of these studies have also found that although there are more women graduates than men, pay rates and average basic salaries are around 20% higher for men.

The Portuguese Family Planning Association (APF), with the support of the Vodafone Foundation and the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (CIG) have created a platform called E Se Fosse Outra Cor (and if it was a different colour), from second cycle classes (10-15 years old), families and teachers. This platform, created in website and app format, is currently available for Android and will soon be available for the iOS operating system. The main goal is to promote literacy in gender equality and freedom of sexual orientation.

To promote and publicise this new platform, a travelling theatre play will be presented in 70 elementary schools (in 1st and 2nd cycle classes), throughout mainland Portugal and in Madeira and Azores islands.

The play “And if it was a different colour” is a workshop-performance that portrays in a playful way some of the gender stereotypes that persist in our society. It encourages reflection and transmits an inclusive message to the young students, teachers and educators, to generate positive changes.

Um telemóvel e um portátil apresentarem o interface da plataforma sobre Igualdade de Género e Orientação Sexual