Timor-Leste / Women

Date: Friday, September 14, 2012

Timor-Leste Important progress has been made to promote equality for Timorese women, the United Nations Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General Finn Reske-Nielsen said today (14 September).

Events were held this week in the capital Dili and the city of Maliana to highlight the importance of Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.

The events, hosted by the Secretary of State for the Promotion of Equality, Idelta Rodrigues, and supported by the UN Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), UN Women and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), discussed the role of civil society in transition processes, specifically strengthening the role of women as Timor-Leste moves into its next stage of development.

They were attended by members of government, NGOs, women's leaders and local women.

Speaking at the event in Dili today, Reske-Nielsen said overall progress that had been made in strengthening women's voices in Timor-Leste.

SOUNDBITE (English) Finn Reske-Nielsen, Acting Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to Timor-Leste: "2012 is a momentous year for this country. We have already seen successfully conducted presidential and parliamentary elections, which resulted in an unprecedented level of women in parliament."

Thirty-eight percent of Timor-Leste's parliamentarians are women.

Reske-Nielsen added that the UN will continue to support Timor-Leste's efforts to ensure that the benefits of development reach women in both urban and rural areas. He welcomed the government's commitment to work to reduce the gap between urban and rural areas and to place gender equality at the heart of the development agenda.

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