Activismo materno, espaço público, inovação - Candidatura ao programa ReactionLx

i would like to address a theme that is well studied in north America and northern Europe but is still new in Portugal and is related to public space and gendered uses. As a resident in Graça and a mother, I consider particularly important to understand and find creative ideas to increase the uses of public spaces by women who are pregnant and/or are mothers.

Until I became pregnant Graça seamed a great neighbourhood to live but, after becoming a mother I don’t feel safe and welcome, empowered as a mother or challenged - in a learning perspective - by the neighbourhood I choosed as my home.

I would like to know who the mothers that live in Graça are, witch are their needs in terms of public space use during pregnancy, breastfeeding, parental leave, early childhood and childhood.

Witch are the favourite public spaces for woman, and specifically pregnant woman and mothers, in Graça? 

What do women from Graça think about the existing indoor and outdoor public space?

Do the pregnant woman and mothers feel safe on the existing public space?

Does Graça have any indoors or outdoors public spaces that promote meetings between women and/or between families that promote the frequent interaction with others? If yes, are there any changes they would like to see? If not, what kind of spaces do we need?

Does Graça have a public library? A indoor playground? What about a safe outdoor playground with no access to dogs, away from the cars noise and smoke, with shadow and guarded?

Is Graça's public space perceived, by women and mothers, as spaces that help coping with the daily life or does it make daily life harder? Why?

How do women, in Graça, perceive the idea of a self-managed public space where mothers and their children meet on a daily basis?

What could be a response to reconciling the public and the private space when we thing about motherhood in the city?

What creative ideas can we put together, and implement, in order to improve the life of  families, unite mothers from different social and cultural backgrounds, create a culture of friendship and mutual support between mothers?

Could our intervention enhance the recognition of motherhood in society?

Can we create a space, or make interventions in the existing public space, in order to facilitate groups of families who create spaces where parents and children can meet and learn from one another?
Can the public space help us, as mothers, to be “Closer to our children and to ourselves” (mine - Mother Centers International Network for Empowerment)?"

Texto constante na Candidatura ao programa Internacional ReactionLX, realizada a 29 de Junho de 2013. 

Outras candidaturas:

Casa Mãe de Lisboa - OP-LX 2011:

Candidatura "Uma casa inteiramente dedicada à maternidade"

Casa Mãe no Facebook:

Blog "Casa Inteiramente Dedicada à Maternidade"

Aqui encontram o resumo dos trabalhos desenvolvidos para o Projeto Casa Mãe de Lisboa OP-LX 2011 que abrirá, brevemente, em Marvila.
E, aqui a lista de pessoas e instituições que estiveram
envolvidas no processo da Casa Mãe, desde a sua génese.

Não foi possível a CML entregar a Casa para gestão independente pois não se
criou uma plataforma de entendimento entre as pessoas e instituições que
estão no terreno. Assim sendo, a CML avançará com as entidades com as quais
tem experiência de trabalho.

Pesquisa associada:
Creating Active Communities: How Can Open and Public Spaces in Urban and Suburban
Environments Support Active Living?
A Literature Review

Women and downtown open spaces

Can we talk about motherhood and activism?

Everyday Acts of Resistance

The Mother Centers in Germany - Empowerment Strategies for Community Women in Germany

Mother Centers International Network for Empowerment

Gratidão ♥ *•.¸Paz¸.•♥•.¸Amor¸.•♥•.¸Sabedoria¸♥ •.¸Prazer¸.•♥•.¸Alegria¸.•♥•.¸¸ Vida

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