"People were crying", Tomás says. "It was honestly one of the greatest days of connections in all these years that I've seen."
Our longstanding Mexico City Curator, Tomás, is speaking about the Portal connections he witnessed on International Women’s Day. Shared_Studios celebrated #IWD2019 with a host of dialogues and discussions focussed on the experiences of women around the world.
The Mexico City Portal connected with Portals in Stockholm, Lagos, Lesbos, Dallas, and Tempe that day. Behind the Portal, a Women's March passed by, protesting the state of women's rights and reproductive health in Mexico.
Every connection, Tomás says, revealed something different about women's issues around the world. In the connection with Stockholm, a music producer from el Centro de Cultura Digital spoke with women in Sweden about the intersection of technology and gender.
From Lagos, women entrepreneurs met with counterparts in Mexico City to talk about the experiences of women in the workplace. In Lesbos, refugees and refugee aid workers shared their perspectives on need to ensure the safety of women inside refugee camps.
Later, the conversations with Dallas and Tempe provided new perspectives that were no less profound. Women in both cities spoke to the changes in women's activism over the years. In every connection, the themes of reproductive rights and women's health emerged.
For Tomás, the sincerity with which distant, different people engaged with contentious issues was remarkable.
"I wasn't expecting that a topic so controversial could be discussed with so much civility."
"It was like the Portal became this safe space where people could talk about feminism and women's rights and abortion without yelling at each other... things we would see happening out on the street, but not in the Portal."