Catarina Furtado was born 25 August 1972, in Lisbon, Portugal. After graduating from Escola de Dança do Conservatorio Nacional de Lisboa in 1990, a dance school in Lisbon, she studied journalism at CENJOR, in Portugal.
Today, Ms. Furtado is one of Portugal's most popular celebrities. She has done work for Portugal's leading media companies, such as RTP, SIC, Radio Comercial and Antena 3, as a host, interviewer, actress and spokesperson. She also produced and hosted a series of TV documentaries that introduced Portuguese audiences to maternal health and youth issues in countries such as Cape Verde, Guinea, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe, and Timor-Leste.
A champion of women's rights, Catarina Furtado was nominated by Associação para o Planeamento da Família (APF) to be a UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador.
It is hard to not be aware that we are an integral part of this world and that we have to do something. My job is to pass on this information.