|Rose Cipriano Lapa from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
One of the greatest joys that we share as an organization is the ability to meet with and connect local Vermonter's with international delegates. Just a few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of welcoming a group of Brazilian Women Entrepreneurs as part of a program designed to promotes Women's Leadership in the Digital Economy.
Pictured to the right is Rose Cipriano, a training professor for a non profit organization titled "Minas da Baixada," an intersectional feminist collective made up of women living in the Fluminense regional area of the city of Rio de Janeiro, RJ.
Rose and the women of the delegation traveled to several different organizations around Vermont that strive to promote and protect the rights of women in Vermont, especially working women. One such organization was Vermont Works for Women, where they had the pleasure of meeting with Missy Mackin, Step In To Work Program Manager for a roundtable discussion. Here, ideas were exchanged on how to better protect the rights of working women and level the playing field so as to eliminate the existing disparities between the success of women and men in the work force.
We are so thankful to have facilitated the interactions and exchange of ideas between these groups of strong and empowered women! I, myself, and especially thankful to have had the chance to practice my Portuguese. My mother is Brazilian and I speak Portuguese at home, as well as having lived there for several years. This experience allowed me to make lasting connections on a deeper level with the delegates of this program who I hope to keep in touch with!