The Foundation had the opportunity to meet Ana Sofia Fernandes, president of the Plataforma Portuguesa para os Direitos das Mulheres (PpDM) which is a member of the Foundation's Association's Network since May 2015.
PpDM is an independent umbrella organisation of women's human rights and gender equality NGO's in Portugal, established in 2004. Its objective is to foster cooperation for collective reflection and action through several means, such as research, lobbying, dissemination of information, awareness-raising and training.
PpDM is the Portuguese Coordination of the European Women's Lobby - EWL and of the Association of Women from Meridional Women - AFEM. PpDM is a member of the EU Civil Society Platform against trafficking and has Consultative Status by the UN ECOSOC. PpDM runs a house of associations in Portugal: Centro Maria Alzira Lemos - Casa das Associações.
One of its main goals is to combat sexual violence in Portugal, a hidden problem in the country. Click here to watch the short interview to understand more about this situation and how PpDM is taking concrete actions to tackle it.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.