Anabela Gaspar de Freitas is the first woman to be Mayor of Tomar, Portugal. Born and educated in Tomar, she was for several years also a national champion in Badminton. She is passionate about motor sports, theater, music and orchestra. She was President of the General Assembly of the noted Sporting Club of Tomar. Between 2005 and 2009, she also held the position of Director of the Tomar Employment Center. She was also the representative of the Parliamentary group of the 18th Congress of the Organization International Labor Organization (ILO) and was coordinator of the Working Group of the Protected Employment (in area of disability)
Mayor Maria Do Ceu Albuquerque
Secretary of State for Regional Development
Maria do Ceu Albuquerque is Secretary of State for Regional Development
Maria Antonia Barreto
Professor and Coordinator of the Leiria Polytechnic Institute,
Maria Antonia is a Professor and the Coordinator at the Leiria Polytechnic Institute?s School of Higher Education in Education and Social Sciences Studies. She is an investigator at the International Studies Center of the Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE-IUL), Portugal. She is currently the coordinator of various projects, one of the most relevant being The Role of Civil Society?s Organizations in Education: Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and S?o Tom? and Principe?s cases. She has participated in a number of academic projects in developing countries. She is actively involved in the implementation of these systems, annually visiting various Portuguese Language countries.
Most Relevant Publications: Barreto, Maria A. (2013), II COOPEDU ? Africa and the World (Book of Minutes) (II COOPEDU ? Africa and the World) ?bidos: V?rzea da Rainha.
Barreto, Maria A. (2005), ?The Portuguese language in teaching in Guine Bissau?. In Portuguese language and development cooperation, (?Portuguese Language in teaching in Guinea-Bissau? in Portuguese Language and Cooperation for Development ?) ed. Mateus, M. H. and Pereira, Teotonio (eds.). Lisbon: Colibri. Barreto, Maria A. (2001), ?The concept of education for development and the educational system?. In Portuguese Autarchies ? Cooperation and Development ? Research on the concepts of human development, decentralized cooperation and fight against social exclusion. (?The Concept of education for the development of the educational system?, In Portuguese Municipalities ? Cooperation and Development ? Research on human development concepts, decentralized cooperation and the fight against social exclusion) ISBN: 972-95393-1-6. Lisbon: ACEP.
Joaquim Parra Marujo
Phd, Soul Therapist, Transpersonal Psychologist, Social & Cultural Anthropologist
Joaquim Parra Marujo was born in 1951 in Louren?o Marques, Mozambique, and came to Portugal in 1975.
From his vast curriculum we mention his Phd in Social and Cultural Anthropology, his Masters in Mental Health Clinics and his extensive training in Nursing, Pedagogy, Transpersonal Psychology, Sociology, Economy, Culture and Politics.
He has presided the Scientific Commission of the Arts and Technologies University in Lisbon and has been a University Professor, Coordinator and Assistant at many Universities in Portugal and abroad.
He has supervised Masters degree thesis?s as well as Post-Graduate students? Apprenticeships, and has worked and still works as a Scientific Investigator in the areas of Social Exclusion, Geronthology and Transpersonal Psychology, designating himself as a Soul Therapist.
He has so far published over 100 scientific articles in national and international journals and has received several awards for his outstanding career. He is regularly invited to preside Scientific Commissions for national and international Seminars, Conferences and Symposiums and belongs to 16 Scientific Associations.
His irreverence has left its mark throughout his life and he has never let his heart be tainted by the arrogance of many of the places he has worked at. He has always been firm in his honesty towards himself and others, keeping his heart and mind open and living his life with Passion and Zest, fighting for Human Beings? balance and well-being as a holistic whole.
He has learnt that the most important thing for a Man, is to have a good consciousness and walk towards his own purification and self-revelation.
About Women he says: ?Today. Yesterday. And, Tomorrow, will always be Women?s day. Life is always generated in a Woman?s Body. I owe my Life to a Woman/Mother. With her I learnt to respect all women. Many times she told me that a Man who does not respect and mistreats a Woman either was not loved or desired by his Mother, or would like to be a Woman and as he cannot, mistreats Women instead. To All Women, an Eternal Embrace?.
Journalist, SIC ? TV
I was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1970. I studied Social Communication/Journalism at Faculdade de Ci?ncias Sociais e Humanas ? Universidade Nova de Lisboa and I began my career as a journalist at P?blico, a national newspaper, in 1991. Since 1992 I work at SIC Television Network. I follow mainly social and environmental issues. In 2005-2006, I took a postgraduate course in Environmental Sciences and Technologies at Faculdade de Ci?ncias ? Universidade de Lisboa. I coordinated television programs such as ?Terra Alerta? (?Earth on Alert?) and ?Economia Verde? (?Green Economy?). I received the National Environment Award ?Fernando Pereira? from the Portuguese Confederation of Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations in 2014.
Olympic Medalist Runner
Maria Fernanda Moreira Ribeiro, GCIH (Portuguese pronunciation: born 23 June 1969), is a long-distance runner born in Penafiel, Portugal. The pinnacle of her career was at the 1996 Summer Olympics when she won the women?s 10000 m gold medal, establishing a new Olympic record of 31:01.63. Her victory gave Portugal its third Olympic gold medal.
Ribeiro started running with Grupo Desportivo do Kolossal, before joining FC Porto, which she represented from 1982-1992. She returned to FC Porto after two years at Maratona Clube da Maia. Along with her sports career, she has worked at her town hall as a sports adviser to the mayor
She holds Portugal?s record for most Olympic medals. She has the record for most athletic medals won in Portugal, having participated in five summer Olympics (Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, and Athens 2004) and many more European and World Championships.
Ribeiro has continued running in her later years and won third place at the 2010 Lisbon Half Marathon, when she was 40 years old. She helped the Portuguese women?s team win the title at the European Cup 10000 m in June 2010, rounding out the country?s top runners with a seventh-place finish.Fernanda Ribeiro is the founder of the Athletics Academy with her name, which aims to reach the whole country and functions from Maia, north of Portugal. This Academy is intended to be a reference in sports as is its mentor ? Fernanda Ribeiro.
TV Presenter, Actress
Catarina Furtado, was born 25 August 1972 is Lisbon and is a Portuguese television presenter, actress and United Nations Population Fund Goodwill Ambassador.
Throughout her career on television which started in the early 1990s, she has worked in the most important television networks, as well as radio stations. She is also an actress and has starred in several films, both Portuguese and foreign.
Catarina?s first big success was as a presenter on the TV show Top + on RTP, a Portuguese program featuring popular music videos and the national weekly record chart. It was a music show that led to her hosting a MTV Portugal program on the SIC network, years before Portuguese MTV was founded. She went on to do a variety of shows.
Catarina attended the Conservat?rio Nacional (until 1990) specializing in dance. She also trained in journalism and studied drama at London?s International School of Acting, as well as Lee Strasberg?s Method Studio in England. She is married and has two children.
She is the founder of the Cora??es com Coroa (Hearts with a Crown) Association ? http://www.coracoescomcoroa.org/ ? which is a non-profit NGO that aims to a culture of solidarity, equal opportunities and socio-affective inclusion of people in vulnerable situations, at risk or living in poverty, strongly working towards giving girls and women the necessary skills and tools to thrive, as a means of overcoming Poverty and Social Exclusion.
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