In terms of the 137th IPU Assembly the EWC journalists interviewed Teresa Morais, Member of the Assembly of the Republic in Portugal, former Minister for Citizenship and Gender Equality. In her interview, she shares about her state’s activity regarding women’s agenda and about how she sees modern women. 


The interviewee says that Portugal has already done a fine job aimed at improving women’s status. One of the main achievements in this field relates to increase in women’s representation in politics. Today, Portugal has 34% women among senators. This number is to grow with time. Most women parliamentarians work in such fields, as education, healthcare, and social aid. The smaller number is engaged in committees working on security, justice, etc. According to Teresa Morais, it is important to encourage women’s participation in all spheres of life of society. 

Now Portugal pays much attention to addressing such issues, as gender pay gap and inequality in rights in labour market. Moreover, the country works hard to eliminate domestic violence against women. According to Teresa Morais, Portugal has achieved major success in it. The country developed and improved laws that now put family violence and violence against women in the list of antisocial activities. There are also national plans and strategies struggling against these phenomena. 

Speaking about modern Portuguese women, Teresa Morais says that most of them are active, purposeful, and educated. In fact, there are more high-qualified women than men in Portugal. At the same time, Teresa believes men and women are in many respects alike. Their difference is only in their worldview and approaches to addressing certain problems. This allows making their cooperation much more effective. 

Agata Korovina, Nikolay Boykov, Viktoria Yezhova, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community

Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov