Women´s Month: combining work and leisure time

One plays tennis, the other dances, one is a musician who plays the cello and one is engaged in stage acting.

One plays tennis, the other dances, one is a musician who plays the cello and one is engaged in stage acting. A solid career path built at the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) is the common denominator bringing these four women together. Keeping up with their favorite recreational activities serves as a boost for them to enjoy life better and bring some of this joy to their workplace.
Leonice Fernandes, judicial analyst assigned at the TSE´s Office for the Assessment of Electoral Accounts and Accounts rendered by Political Parties, does not compromise weekly tennis matches with husband. According to her, playing tennis helps her release the tension caused by the pressure of the position she occupies at the court, and reduces the rush of everyday life.
Regardless of being extremely fond of her job, Leonice says that practicing sports is essential to deal with stress in a positive way. “It has been scientifically proved that practicing physical activities results in increased production of serotonin, endorphins, enabling us to lead a merrier life, without having to resort to using prescription drugs. I have become aware of that fact when I was 15 and have engaged in regular physical activities ever since”.
“I do not wish to underestimate the efforts men put to it”, says Leonice, who thinks that women are both hard-workers and the foundation of their families. “We manage to multitask quite efficiently. Grocery shopping, babysitting. Women plan everything at once. They are the foundation of their families”, she concludes.
Bruna Analhys da Silva, head of TSE´s Management and Benefits Department, works with people. In brief, her job consists of looking after the wellbeing of the court´s employees. She notes that she is often required to deal with healthcare issues at her job. That is why she believes that dancing helps reduce the stress.
According to Bruna, attending the public can be “quite exhausting, especially when you get to assist workers that are struggling with a disease. We sometimes get involved, sympathizing with their ordeal and sharing their pain, and to that extent, dancing can be very relaxing”.
She believes that dancing helps her develop the skills to assist people who need care and comfort. That is why she dances gafieira, forró and is currently having salsa lessons.
[Translator´s Note1: “Samba de Gafieira” or simply “gafieira” is a partner dance that incorporates concepts of “Carnival Samba”, “Salsa” and “Argentine Tango”. It is sometimes referred to as the “Brazilian Tango”. “Forró” is a casual Brazilian dance that evolved in Northeastern Brazil as a dance companion to “forró music”. “Salsa” is a popular form of social dance that originated in New York with strong influences from Latin America, particularly Cuba and Puerto Rico. It evolved from earlier dance forms such as Cha cha cha and Mambo.]
Rejane Araújo, analyst assigned at the Department of Database Management under TSE´s Office of Information Technology needs to be extremely focused to carry out the many activities she is required to perform at her job. The department she works at is responsible for managing the databases of the entire Electoral Court System.
“Music has been in my life since I was little. A hobby that I have always enjoyed. I play the piano, the cello, the organ, and I sing. It is a part of my life. My daily routine encompasses department duties as well as rehearsals and music studies”, she says.
Rejane believes that work and music complete one another. “People tend to think that music is not an exact science, but it is. My job and music are somewhat intertwined activities that make my life complete”. She argues that she brings the discipline her job requires from her to music, and extends the concentration music demands of her to her job.
Raiane de Castro Barbosa works at TSE´s Department of Benefits Management and attends the court´s employees. According to her, stage acting “adds a little bit of spice to everyday life”. She says that when outside the Court, she is passionately devoted to stage acting. “Stage acting is something that makes me feel free, that completes me, and it feels like adding a little bit of spice to everyday life”. Coincidentally or not, Raiane has already delivered live performances at the TSE, “which proves that art is suitable to any kind of environment, even the workplace”.