For Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating the empowering women that work at our affiliate locations all around the world. These ladies are making an impact in someone’s life every single day and we thank them for their commitment to the organization. Throughout the month of March we will be featuring the women who are truly making a difference at their affiliate locations. International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month is all about recognizing the achievements of women and we plan on celebrating every day. Women helping women is what Dress for Success is all about and we see that power of women coming together impact a number of lives. We asked 12 women from 12 different countries about International Women’s Day and what motivates them to continue to do what they do for Dress for Success. Come back to our blog every day through March to get to know the ladies that make it all happen behind the scenes. Meet Filipa Gonçalves of Dress for Success Lisbon.
Filipa Gonçalves, at Dress for Success Lisbon
Dress for Success: How many years have you been with Dress for Success?
Filipa Gonçalves: 4 years
DFS: What bold action have you taken to make a change or a difference in a women’s life?
FG: My participation as a coordinator in the Professional Women’s Group (PWG) program. The program is about motivation and [having a] dedication to the program [is] the main foundation for all participants. Promoting and inspiring self-esteem is the basis towards a successful career.
DFS: Can you describe a moment where you helped someone at Dress for Success that moved you or special achievement that you’ve accomplished during your time at the organization?
FG: During a session at the boutique I [assisted] a woman searching for clothes for her wardrobe. In the middle of the bustle of changing clothes, she began to talk about the difficult time she was going through. She was in great need to open up her heart [because] she was totally devoted to others and forgot about herself. At the end of our conversation, she seemed so serene and her outlook [on life] was so much brighter. The best reward she gave me was a deeply felt hug, with tears in her eyes while she told me, ‘For such a long time nobody listened to me. Today, I feel [that] I am cherished and that makes me feel so happy.’
DFS: Who do you thank or recognize this Women’s History Month that have helped make the advancement of all women possible?
FG: To all the inspiring and fighting women who believed that this day would be possible.
DFS: What motivates you to continue your work at Dress for Success?
FG: My sheer passion for the project. I do believe it does make a huge difference to change women’s lives and I do want to leave my personal mark on it.
Visit lisbon.dressforsuccess.org for more information on how you can get involved on a local level.