Born in 1947, on Funchal, and living in Azores since 1980, she’s the mother of 3 daughters. She has always embraced on her actions the defence of the rights of women and the promotion of equality between women and men. She’s a member of UMAR since its inception in 1976. Always assuming and incorporating on its actions a feminist prespective. Since late 1980 she’s been dedicating herself to the development and organization of UMAR in Azores, being a member of the national administration and of the regional delegation in Azores. Her participation in women causes are many, such as: Movement for the Decriminalization of Abortion in Portugal, both on the 1998 referendum and as a Regional Agent for the Movimento de Cidadania e Responsabilidade pelo Sim.
A feminist by belief, thought and action, she develops activism in the fields of equality and feminism, as well as on LGBT causes, with work developed on the creation of the projects: SOS Mulher, born in 1997; Women in Fishing and fishing communities, 2005-2009; Women’s World March, since 2000; AKTEA, european network of women organizations on fishing and the consultant council CCR Sul.
Academically she possesses the 9th grade. And as complementary formation she participated as a graduate in several courses of Professional, Pedagogic and Gender Equality Formation.
Maria Clara de Almeida de Barros Queiroz, Commendator of the Ordem da Liberdade, has lived between Lisbon, Edinburgh, London, Maputo and Ponta Delgada, where she resides presently. She graduated in Biology in 1964 and was 2nd assistant of the Botanic department at the Science Faculty on the Lisbon University, until she was forced to leave due to the negative information given by the totalitarian regime police department. By that time she doctored in Genetics and was a Research Fellow at the Edinburgh University. In 1975 she returned to the Lisbon University where she founded and managed the Genetics and Population Dynamics Section, and was in charge of the Investigation department “Genética Ambiecial” and the Genetics and Molecular Biology Centre.
Another facet of this feminist it’s her writing and devotion to social matters. She’s a member of the Portuguese Association for Women's Studies, book author - Se Não Puder Dançar Esta Não É a Minha Revolução, about Emma Goldman, e Quem Tem Medo de Frankenstein? Viagem ao Mundo de Mary Shelley, - and author of several articles and book chapters about science and gender and science and society.
Raquel Freire was born in Porto and she’s a daughter of the April revolution.
She’s a filmmaker, author, screenwriter, producer, citizen and mother. She studied Law, History and Aesthetic of Cinema and Aesthetic of Portuguese Cinema at Coimbra University. Her films “Rio Vermelho”, “Rasganço”, “Veneno Cura”, SOS”, “Esta é a minha cara: criadores de teatro”, “L’Academie”, “Dreamocracy” all premiered in international film festivals competitions, such as Venice, Turin, Sao Paulo, Montreal, Gwanju, Leeds, Seull, Clermont-Ferrand, Kenya, Vila do Conde, Porto PosDoc, Sweden Film Festival, among others; and in cinemas and television networks in Portugal and France; and ran out in dvd. She was distinguished at the Cannes Film Festival by the European Film Foundation as a young european producer. She made her debut as stage director with the play NóSOUTRXS, of which she was both creator and actress at Teatro Municipal São Luiz. Her books TRANSIBERICLOVE and ULISSEIA were published in portuguese in 2015 and 2016, and in german in 2017 at the International Book Fair of Frankfurt.
She’s a guest professor at several portuguese and foreign universities, teaching cinema, acting for camera, directing, gender studies. art and political science.
She was a guest artist for the Projecto ALICE /CES /Universidade Coimbra, she directed “Pela mão de Alice”, documentary about Boaventura de Sousa Santos, which premiered at festivals in 2018. She premiered the film “Happy Island”, with La Ribot and Dançando com a Diferença at the Genéve Festival, 2018. In 2019 the film “Mulheres do meu país” will premiere, and she’s working on the documentary “A Excepção Portuguesa”, “Feministas na Revolução”, and the short film “Não”. She won the CNC (Centre National du Cinéma Français) competition for supporting the writing of the feature Trans Iberic Love.
She ended her third fiction feature film “Filme Sem Câmara”.