International Women’s Day is Friday, March 8, and there are opportunities throughout the week to join the fight for women’s rights and equality in Lisbon, regardless of gender. In the spirit of supporting the girls, we’ve curated a list of events that focus on getting out and taking action, both in the collective sense and on an individual level.
Monday, March 4th
Carnaval do Festival Feminista de Lisboa
21h The team behind Festival Feminista de Lisboa is getting the vibe going early in the week at Anjos70, where they’ll host a fundraiser in advance of this year’s main event in May. A 3€ contribution to the cause will get you into the party, which will feature DJ sets by Repha (Rafaela Jacinto), Tita Maravilha (Queens of the Babado), and DJ Carie, as well as face painting and more.
Thursday, March 7th
Nomad Stories: Female Digital Nomads
18h Female digital nomads, entrepreneurs, and creatives will gather at Outsite, a coworking and coliving space in Cais do Sodré, for “Nomad Stories,” a panel discussion on traveling and working remotely. Freelancers, full-timers, and everyone in between are welcome to come out and make connections with like-minded ladies — and of course, there will be wine. The event is free, but RSVP is required; 2019 registration closed.
Friday, March 8th
Nasty Women Portugal Exhibition (Opening Night) and After-Party
17h The Nasty Women movement began as a demonstration of solidarity among feminists following the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, and it’s still going strong worldwide. This International Women’s Day, Portugal’s own Nasty Women will kick off their annual art exhibition at Galeria Monumental as well as host an after-party at Copenhagen Bar, where you can show your stamp from the exhibition at the door and get in free until 1AM. Admission to the three-day exhibition, which will feature artwork donated by over forty artists, is free as well, and all pieces will be available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit CRESCER, a local non-profit that works to aid underserved communities in Lisbon.
Greve Feminista Internacional (International Feminist Strike)
17h30 Time to break out your sign-making skills: feminists of all backgrounds are invited to gather in Praça do Comércio and stand up for women’s rights while protesting labor inequality and violence against women in Portugal. The nationwide protest, which will take place in 13 cities across the country, is sponsored by more than 30 collectives, associations, unions, and political organizations. Get ready to get loud.
Dia da Mulher at Dance Spot
17h30 Ladies, leave your man at home: in honor of International Women’s Day, Dance Spot School of Dance in Amoreias is offering a pair of women-only, hour-long workshops — an opportunity for self-care in the form of movement and shared energy. Choose a session from either Sevilhanas or Flamenco, get on your feet, and leave it all on the dance floor. The cost for new students is 8€; Dance Spot students can attend for free. Registration details here.
Women in Tech Launch
18h Women in Tech is an international non-profit that aims to bridge the gender gap and help women embrace tech worldwide. They’re finally launching a chapter in Portugal, and they’ve opted to do so in conjunction with International Women’s Day. Both men and women who want to help increase diversity in tech are invited to join the newly-minted Portuguese branch of the organization at Centro de Informação Urbana de Lisboa for roundtable discussions followed by a cocktail and networking hour. Register here.
Saturday, March 9th
Free Workshop: Women’s Coding Day
10h Le Wagon coding school in Lisbon is extending its support into the weekend through a free all-day workshop covering the basics of coding — just for women. Get a taste of web development, meet other women who want to learn to code, and get more information about Le Wagon’s broader bootcamp offering in an environment designed to empower as well as foster diversity in the tech industry.