International women's day


Exhibition International Women's Day with art




The origins of International Women's Day

International Women's Day is celebrated annually on 8 March.

The date was established in 1975 by the United Nations and is currently celebrated in more than 100 countries.

It is a day to pay tribute to women of all nations who have fought with determination for civil rights equal to those recognised for men.

And why is it still important to celebrate this day?

Although significant progress has been made in recent decades with regard to women's rights, inequalities still persist.

Effective change has proved difficult and slow for most of the world's women and girls.

Many obstacles have remained unchanged in the law and culture of many countries.

Today, in some countries of the world, we are facing a strong reaction in the opposite direction, with an increase in violence against women and the elimination of their rights.

Much still needs to be done for female empowerment, equity and respect for their rights.

Challenge: Let's celebrate International Women's Day with Art?

The Polytechnic of Tomar is not indifferent to these issues and is aware of the importance of its role in this struggle. That's why, in 2022, we want to celebrate Women's Day with Art, thus contributing to the promotion of equality, one of the Sustainable Development Goals.

And why with art? Because art has the ability to communicate without words. It's an excellent tool for raising awareness and human development.

It's a way of intervening in society, of denouncing injustices and promoting change.

If you're a student at the Polytechnic of Tomar and you're also interested in this subject, we have a challenge for you!

Until 28 February, send us a paper on women's empowerment by email ( or in print (at the WPOC secretariat).

We will be accepting works in the fields of photography, graphic design, documentary format (up to 3 minutes in length) or interview format (up to 4 minutes in length).

On 8 March, all the works will be exhibited at the WPOC, a space created for all students, which we want to be a place of inclusion, sharing, debate, exchange of experiences and knowledge, of diversity!

We will then hold a vote to choose the best work, which will be awarded a prize.

Check out the rules here

Check out the results of this challenge here


1st place - Caroliinaii


2nd place - Josimar Aragão e Délcio Tengo (honorable mention)

Being a Womem - short film


3rd place - Marta Grega