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Investment in preventing violence is key for gender equality and is the work toward a future that is free of violence where women and girls can realize their full potential. With the Generous funding from KOICA, “Together for Equality" is a four years USD 7.7 million joint UN Project in support of Timor-Leste’s National Action Plan led by SEII, involving UN Women, UNDP, UNFPA, and IOM.
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Along with the Timor-Leste government’s effort in advancing the agenda of NAP 1325 in UNSCR on Women, Peace and Security, there has been an escalation on the number of women’s participation in the decision making and peace building role started from the community, up to the institutional level.
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Women and girls’ immediate and long-term needs must be addressed and integrated into Timor-Leste’s COVID-19 response, in order to ensure both women’s access to services and human rights, and to enable women to contribute to shaping the response.
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Following years of advocacy by women’s organizations and civil society in Timor-Leste, there is greater attention from government institutions and the general public to the issue of sexual harassment. As part of UN Women’s partnership with the Civil Service Commission to address sexual harassment in the Public Administration, this poster was developed in collaboration with the JU’S, and illustrates various forms of sexual harassment behaviours.
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Connect with Respect is a curriculum tool to assist teachers across the Asia-Pacific region. It is based on evidence around violence prevention, changing gender norms and school-based interventions in the region and beyond. UN Women is working in partnership with the Timor-Leste Ministry of Education and three selected schools in Dili to adapt the Connect with Respect Toolkit for extra-curricular educational programming in the Timorese context, complementing the existing curriculum. The project...
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From 2017-2018, with support from the Government of Japan, UN Women Timor-Leste has conducted a training on ‘Transformative Leadership for Gender Equality’, covering 48 hours of individual and group skills-building spread across a 12-month period. Through the initiative, 40 participants from Secretary of State for Equality and Inclusion (SEII), the National Police of Timor-Leste, and the National Women’s Network Rede Feto have gained knowledge...
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Gender equality lies at the core of human rights and is the bedrock from which sustainable development can be achieved. Women and girls represent 50 per cent of the world’s population, yet are often excluded from the political arena, and shut out of decision-making that directly affects their lives. Increasing women’s political participation and leadership are vital mechanisms that support women to realize their human rights. Increasing women’s participation...
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Timor-Leste had achieved significant progress in promoting gender equality since its independence in 2002. Building on progress made and challenges identified to achieving targets in Timor-Leste’s Strategic Development Plan and the Sustainable Development Goals, these 20 actions can help the Timor-Leste reach key targets in the four strategic sectors by 2022...
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Between June 2013 and December 2016, UN Women Timor-Leste implemented the project “Institutional Strengthening for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Timor-Leste”, generously funded by the Governmentof Norway with a budget of USD $1.8 million. The Evaluation Brief features results, lessons learned and recommendations from the project, in which UN Women supported the Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste to demonstrate increased accountability for the...
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Increasing women’s participation in leadership and decision-making is not only critical for achieving gender equality, it is also essential for general economic and social development. Studies have found that longer exposure to women’s political representation increases women’s overall labour force participation, the share of public employment opportunities allocated to women and women’s increased access to public goods such as roads and health services. The Pacific...
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A snapshot of UN Women’s Ending Violence against Women and Girls programme delivered by the Fiji Multi-Country Office. Covering 14 Pacific countries and territories, the programme supports Pacific-led activities to improve the policy environment on ending violence against women and girls as well as to meet the immediate needs, at a community level, of women who are experiencing violence. It supports Pacific organisations in delivering services that meet survivors’ needs, as well as...
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A snapshot of UN Women’s Increasing Community Resilience through the Advancement of Women to Address Climate Change and Natural Hazards (IREACH) programme delivered by the Fiji Multi-Country Office. Covering 14 Pacific countries and territories, the programme is designed to ensure that Pacific women become full, equal partners in, and beneficiaries of, all disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts, as well as overall sustainable development.
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Violence against girls is also a serious problem in the Pacific. In Vanuatu and Solomon Islands more than 30 per cent of women reported they had been sexually abused before their 15th birthday. In Kiribati and Fiji the number was 20 per cent. Gender-based violence brings with it a raft of consequences for the individuals involved, their families and communities, as well as at regional and national levels. It has a substantial economic impact through increased healthcare, social services, and policing costs....
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With a population of 13.4 million, Cambodia is one of the most populous countries in Southeast Asia, and also one of the poorest. 80 per cent of the population is rural, and an estimated one-third of Cambodians still live below the poverty line. i After decades of civil war, the country emerged from conflict in the early 1990s, and the reconstruction phase has seen some economic growth, as well as improvements in overall...