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Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa



Isabel Maria Alçada Padez Cortesão Casimiro

Professor Casimiro holds a PhD in Sociology (Coimbra), and has interests in History and Development Studies. She has been a researcher at the Centre of African Studies, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique since 1980, teaching graduate and postgraduate courses. Prof. Casimiro also coordinates the Department of Development and Gender Studies. She has been a member of CODESRIA Executive Committee since 2015 and was elected CODESRIA President at the 15th General Assembly in December 2019. She has been Secretary of the Board of the General Assembly of the International Association for Social Sciences and Humanities in Portuguese Language, AILPcsh, since December 2018. She is also a co-founder of the Women and Law in Southern Africa Research and Education Trust, WLSA Regional (1988) and WLSA Mozambique (1990) and was its national coordinator, 1990–95. She has been WLSA Mozambique Board President since 2015. She is co-founder of Fórum Mulher, and was Fórum Mulher Board President, 1993–2000 and 2006–15. She was a Member of Parliament on behalf of the Frelimo Party, 1995–99. She was Coordinator of the 14th Women’s Word Congress, September 2020, Maputo. Prof. Casimiro has a wide range of publications in her areas of research, including the following single- authored or co-authored: A Ciência ao Serviço do Desenvolvimento? Experiências de países africanos falantes de língua oficial portuguesa edited with Teresa Cruz e Silva, CODESRIA (2015); ‘“Peace on Earth, War at Home”: Feminism and Women’s organizations in Mozambique’ (2004), PROMEDIA, Maputo, republished in Brazil, UFPE, Recife (2014); Women’s Economic Empowerment, Associative Movement and Access to Local Development Funds (2010), with Amélia Neves de Souto, Josina Nhantumbo and Augusta Maíta, Kapicua, Maputo; African Women’s Movements: Changing Political Landscapes (2009), with Aili Mari Tripp, Joy Kwesiga and Alice Mungwa, Cambridge University Press, New York.

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