The primary purpose of PODEROZA is empowerment. Together, through panel discussions and breakout sessions, participants accomplish the goal of remembering our individual agency and collective strength. This is an opportunity for exchanging information & resources, educating each other and the world about issues important to us in a format designed for us, by us. Therefore, PODEROZA creates and offers a critical platform to empower Cabo Verdean women, and influence civic engagement, political debates and policy. In addition, PODEROZA institutionalizes a safe space for Criolas/Kriolas, in which women encourage one another, making a critical intervention in Cabo Verdean/Cape Verdean Studies with cutting edge, critical gender discussions and scholarship on Cabo Verdean women. Finally, the conference recognizes trailblazing Poderozas each year.