To make the decision to go abroad, to live, work and study in another country is something that can improve someone’s life but not all migrant people end up living this changes in the same way. More than having a passport and packed bags immigration is definitively a unique experience in life, specially when the reason to change one’s trajectory has a direct impact in the decision to immigrate.
The romantic view of immigration, going abroad for economic reasons, is a often a detail for people who risk to move towards the unknown. It is common for women to immigrate in search of security, when they live in a context of misogyny, precarity and domestic violence. It is normal that LGBTQIA+ persons search the liberty to exist, without fear of violence, of discrimination or the risk of dying since there are a lot of victims daily in different counties of the world.
To many women and LGBTQIA+ persons, immigraton is the only way out in order to survive. The immigrant person in its multiplicity of identities searches for nothing more that human dignity, equal rights and civic participation. It searches therefore for the possibility of experience citizenship, respect and opportunities without having to deal with the fear generated by systemic oppressions and sometimes cumulative in their life’s. Immigration is movement, movement is life.
Written by Delso Batista
For decades and centuries Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Trans and Inter-sex people (LGBTI) have been fighting tireless for the right to be themselves whether it be in their more private places either in the legitimate occupation of public spaces of affection. To promote LGBTI rights is to work just for that: the right to love and the end of an installed discrimination, resistant and that daily confines – for worse – our lives.
To work in favour of Human Rights and LGBTI is to say that in the rainbow spectrum there is dignified, free and full space on equal terms for all people, all families and all gender expressions. From public demonstrations in the streets to the political lobby work, from de sensitization campaigns to the social and community service we provide we see the struggle for LGBTI Rights as our our great intent.
Towards to #MoreEquality ILGA Portugal.
It is a woman right the guarantee of a live free of all forms of oppression. Any disrespect that may endanger her well-being must be reported. If you identify as a victim of violence be it physical, psychological, financial or sexual ask for help. Remember: you are not alone!
National Emergency Number: 112
Migrant Support Line: 808 257 257 (phone) / 218 106 191 (mobile)
Support Unit for Migrants and Discrimination Victims: 213 587 914
Free line from the Portuguese Victim Support Association (APAV): 116 006
National Social Emergency Line (LNES): 144
Information Service for Victims of Domestic Violence: 800 202 148
Association of Women Against Violence (AMCV): 21 3802160
Prevention and awareness campaigns
Ciber crime: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdGWvXzNd9Y&feature=emb_logo
Sexual harassment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L34Wb7eObz8&feature=emb_logo
Dating Violence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=Iz73AjtV950
Domestic Violence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzNETcE0xoA
* Material originally published by the Portuguese Association for Victim Support (APAV)
Informative Leaflets Casa do Brasil de Lisboa:
Immigrant Women and Discrimination
Immigrant Women and Domestic Work
Immigrant Women and Domestic Violence