Beatriz Gomes Dias (PT)
I am a Black Portuguese woman, an anti-racist activist, and a councilor for Bloco de Esquerda in the Lisbon City Council. I served as a member of parliament in the Assembly of the Republic from 2019 to 2022, representing Bloco de Esquerda in the Lisbon constituency.
I hold a degree in Biology – Scientific Branch from the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Coimbra.
I work as a Biology teacher in primary and secondary education, starting my career in the 1994/95 academic year. I have predominantly taught in schools in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area.
I have been an activist and leader at Bloco de Esquerda since 2007, and I am part of the Lisbon Municipal Coordinator.
I completed one term as a Bloco de Esquerda representative in the Anjos Parish (2009/2013) and two terms in the Arroios Parish (2013/2017 – 2017/2019).
I am one of the founders of Djass – Association of Afrodescendants, a non-profit organization established in 2016 with the goal of combating racism and defending the rights of Afrodescendants. I led the association from 2016 to 2019.
In 2017, Djass proposed the creation of a Memorial in Tribute to Enslaved People.
My main interests include decolonizing processes of knowledge and culture production and reproduction, as well as constructing an alternative narrative about History and Memory.