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Civil service takes big steps to end workplace sexual harassment in Timor-Leste

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Faustino Cardoso Gomes, took the discussion in an unexpected and welcome direction, telling the UN Women team of the challenge of sexual harassment in the civil service and the need for guidelines. Sitting alongside him, Maria Olandina Isabel Caeiro Alves, a long-time advocate for women’s rights who was then Commissioner for Discipline and Gender Focal Point, reinforced the necessity for such guidelines. “I was impressed at how openly they identified sexual harassment as a problem,” Caminha recalls.

Survivors raise their voices at a Walk to Remember in Timor-Leste

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

“I was taken to Otel Flamboyan [now Pousada in Baucau] by the Indonesian military. They would bring me to the bathroom and push me to take a bath. Take a bath, take a bath, they said. Then they would throw me on the bed and they would take turns to rape me.,” said Maria de Fatima, a survivor from Timor-Leste reflecting on her time as a captive of the Indonesian military during the occupation. A hundred people from Baucau joined Mana...

UN Agencies partner with organizations of persons with disabilities to promote more inclusive services and the rights of persons with disabilities

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

On Tuesday, October 30th, the United Nations in Timor-Leste, through its initiative Empower for Change, launched new partnerships with national organizations of persons with disabilities, the Asosiasaun Defisiensia Timor-Leste (ADTL), The Leprosy Mission Timor-Leste (TLMTL) and the Community-Based Rehabilitation Network (CBRN) to address and prevent violence against women and children with disabilities in Timor-Leste. Through the partnerships...

From where I stand: "I believe women should be involved in peacekeeping operations"

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

When I was kid, I didn’t think I would be in the military. It was difficult to imagine that since we were under Indonesian occupation. Initially I wanted to be a teacher or a lawyer. When we gained our independence, I decided to pursue a degree in civilian engineering. However, after my father passed away, I stopped my studies to help take care of the family...

From Where I Stand: “I expect that the CEO of Telkomcel will be a woman within the next 5 - 10 years.”

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Our [company] culture gives equal opportunity to everyone, both men and women. 40 per cent of the managers are women in our company and they have made an outstanding contribution to the company. For instance, we have a colleague, Joana. She is a manager of our Enterprise and Whole Sales Department, and more than 50 per cent of revenue is coming from that Department. This shows us that women fit and have great achievements in high-level positions. I believe that women in Timor-Leste can...

Press release: National Police of Timor-Leste is committed to promote gender equality in the institution by unveiling its first Gender Strategy for 2018-2022

Monday, August 20, 2018

National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) demonstrated its commitment to promote gender equality within the institution by officially launching its Gender Strategy (2018-2022). This Strategy was the result of a long process of collaboration between PNTL and UN Women in Timor-Leste, under leadership of the Chief of the Gender Cabinet of the PNTL, with support from the Government of Japan.

UN Women and Civil Service Commission Collaborate to Promote Equal Opportunities and Reduce Sexual Harassment in the Workplace in Timor-Leste

Monday, February 12, 2018

Today, UN Women in Timor-Leste signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Timor-Leste's Civil Service Commission (CSC) for advancing gender equality in public administration, including ensuring zero tolerance of sexual harassment and upholding equal opportunities for a stronger civil service. The President of the CSC, Dr. Faustino Cardoso Gomes, in his remarks, noted, "The mandate of CSC is to reform the public service. An important aspect of the reform is to...

The United Nations in Timor-Leste reaffirm its commitment to end gender-based violence

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

As part of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence in 2017, the United Nations Country Team in Timor-Leste endorsed 5-points committing to joint efforts toward eliminating violence against women and girls. These actions align with the UN's high standards of integrity and professionalism with respect for the dignity of all people. The commitment was signed by representatives of UN agencies present in Timor-Leste: UNFPA, UNICEF, UNDP, UNESCO, UN Women, FAO,...

The untapped potential to contribute: Rural women report on implementation of the 2015 Maubisse Declaration

Friday, November 24, 2017

"Women in rural areas have a great potential to contribute more. Sadly, these energies and potential had been wasted by not involving them", said Ana de Fatima Cunha. Ana de Fatima Cunha, or Ana as she prefers to be called, was one of 12 women from 5 of Timor-Leste's 13 municipalities participating in a 2-day leadership training to build their advocacy skills as part of the commemoration of International Day for Rural Women on 15th October. Ana is an entrepreneur from the Municipality...

Asia's youngest nation offers glimmer of hope for LGBT rights

Friday, August 4, 2017

Marching through the streets of East Timor's capital Dili with a rainbow flag in his hand, Natalino Guterres was overwhelmed with emotion, reminding him of how he felt 15 years ago when he saw the Timorese flag raised for the first time. "It was an emotional moment," he said of the...

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