As released today by the Cape Verdean Institute for Gender Equality and Equity (ICIEG), Romise Barreto, 16 years old, student at Liceu Domingos Ramos, Praia, is the winner of the second edition of the National Contest Contest “Gender Equality”.
Marta Lopes, 16 years old, student at Pedro Verona Pires Secondary School, São Filipe, in Fogo Island is the second classified, with the short story “Basta de Sofrer”.
In third place, there is the short story “Violência Social”, by Stella Rocha, also 16 years old, from Escola Secundária Porto Novo, Santo Antão island.
As ICIEG reported, there were a total of 26 applications, 23 of which were female students and three male students. Applications received come from the islands of Santo Antão, Fogo, Maio and Santiago.
In May 2018, ICIEG launched a literary contest against gender-based violence at the Horace Silver Secondary School, in the City of Porto Inglês. The competition covered all high schools in Cape Verde, as an initiative aimed at examining the students’ engagement and level of knowledge on issues related to gender equality.
The second edition of the Competition was launched last September, at the Technical School Grão-Duque Henri in Assomada, in the presence of the European Union ambassador in Cape Verde, Sofia de Sousa and the first lady Dr. Lígia Fonseca.
The judging panel is composed of specialists in the theme of Gender and in the Portuguese language who selected the three best works.
In addition to the prizes, the winners will have their works published in print and they will be placed in digital format on the Book Cloud, a partnership between Unitel T + and an international organization.
It is recalled that the winners of the 1st edition were students from the islands of Maio and São Vicente.