PhD in Socioloy (Coimbra), graduation and post-graduation in History and Development Studies. Researcher at the Centre of African Studies, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique, since 1980, teaching graduation and pos-graduation courses. Coordinates the Department of Development Studies and Gender.
Member of CODESRIA Executive Committee since 2015. Co-founder of Women and Law in Southern Africa Research and Education Trust, WLSA regional (1988) and WLSA Mozambique (1990) and its national coordinator, 1990-95. WLSA Mozambique Board President since 2015. Co-founder of Fórum Mulher, Fórum Mulher Board President, 1993- 2000; 2006-2015. Member of Parliament on behalf of Frelimo party, 1995-99. Coordinator of the 14º Women’s Word Congress September 2020, Maputo.
With a wide range of publication in her areas of research, authored or co – authored: A Ciência ao Serviço do Desenvolvimento? Experiências de países africanos falantes de língua oficial portuguesa. Organised with Teresa Cruz e Silva. CODESRIA, Dakar (2015); “‘Peace on Earth, War at Home’. Feminism and Women’s organizations in Mozambique” (2004), PROMEDIA, Maputo, reedited in Brazil, UFPE, Recife (2014); Women’s Economic Empowerment, Associative Movement and Access to Local Development Funds (2010), with Amélia Neves de Souto and Josina Nhantumbo and Augusta Maíta, Publisher Kapicua, Maputo; African Women’s Movements. Changing Political Landscapes (2009), edited by Aili Mari Tripp, together with Joy Kwesiga and Alice Mungwa, Cambridge University Press, New York.