Celeste Fortes holds a PhD in Anthropology from NOVA University Lisbon. Fortes teaches at the University of Cape Verde, Centre for Gender and Family Research (CIGEF), Oficina de Utopias [Office of Utopias]. Fortes has participated in the democratisation of national history, and has contributed to the polyphony of women’s voices in the country.
Rita Rainho was born in the northern hemisphere, where she studied Fine Arts. Rainho works between Cape Verde, Brazil, and Mozambique and holds a PhD in Arts Education from the Faculty of Fine Arts Faculty, University of Porto. Rainho collaborates with University of Porto, Research Institute in Art, Design and Society (i2ADS); University of Cape Verde, Centre for Gender and Family Research (CIGEF), Oficina de Utopias [Office of Utopias], Cape Verde
Fortes and Rainho are coordinators of the project entitled ‘Memories for the Future: The Multiple Role of Cape Verdean Women in the Liberation Struggle’ and were researchers for the documentary Canhão de Boca [The Weapon of Voice] (Lopes, 2016).
The role of women in the history of Cape Verde’s struggle has been hidden by the liberation movement itself. More than four decades after independence, what are the different meanings of ‘freedom’ for us?