UN Women continues working to make Timor-Leste university campus safer

Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Author: Sylvio da Fonseca

English | Tetun

(From left) UNTL Rector Prof. Dr. João Soares Martins, KOICA Country Director Eunju Cha, and UN Women Together for Equality Programme Manager Nuntana Tangwinit do a traditional drum-beating ceremony to launch the Safe Campus Initiative technical working group. The launch took place at Hotel Timor in Dili on 14 October 2021. Photo: UN Women/ Sylvio da Fonseca
(From left) UNTL Rector Prof. Dr. João Soares Martins, KOICA Country Director Eunju Cha, and UN Women Together for Equality Programme Manager Nuntana Tangwinit do a traditional drum-beating ceremony to launch the Safe Campus Initiative technical working group. The launch took place at Hotel Timor in Dili on 14 October 2021. Photo: UN Women/ Sylvio da Fonseca

Dili, Timor-Leste — UN Women is expanding its efforts to create a safer environment at a major university campus as part of a joint United Nations project to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls in Timor-Leste.

Under the Together for Equality project, UN Women works with public institutions, local authorities, communities, civil society organizations and the media to prevent and respond to violence in public and private spaces. UN Women has partnered with the media outlet Timor Post on gender-sensitive reporting, the Baucau Municipal Authority on Safe Baucau and Safe Markets, and the National University of Timor-Lorosa’e (UNTL) in Dili on the Safe Campus Initiative.

In 2020, a UN Women-UNTL “women’s safety audit walk” with students identified areas of security concern on campus. Recommendations included appointing a university coordinator to work on issues of violence against women, establishing essential services for anyone who is sexually harassed, changing harmful norms and attitudes, and improving facilities to enhance safety.

On 14 October, a technical working group chaired by the university rector was formed to discuss how to implement those recommendations and devise strategy for the Safe Campus Initiative. The group held its first meeting the same day. The 25-member group comprises lecturers and students from the university’s five campuses; representatives of government agencies including the Civil Service Commission and the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Culture; and UN Women.

UN Women plans to later expand the Safe Campus initiative to other universities in Timor-Leste.

The Together for Equality project runs from November 2020 to November 2024 and is funded by the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). UN Women implements the project along with United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Population Fund, and UN Migration, and in coordination with Timor-Leste’s Secretary of State for Equality and Inclusion.

Nishtha Satyam, UN Women’s Head of Office for Timor-Leste, said of the commitment of the technical working group: “UN Women will work with UNTL in implementing the Safe Campus Initiative through building capacity for provision of essential services and support awareness-raising and advocacy efforts to promote respectful relationships in public spaces.”

Members of the Safe Campus Initiative technical working group hold their first meeting, at Hotel Timor in Dili on 14 October 2021. Photo: UN Women/Sylvio da Fonseca
Members of the Safe Campus Initiative technical working group hold their first meeting, at Hotel Timor in Dili on 14 October 2021. Photo: UN Women/Sylvio da Fonseca

Said UNTL Rector Prof. Dr. João Soares Martins: “UNTL has already been active in tackling the issues surrounding gender-based violence on campus through providing counselling to students, teachers and all staff who experience all forms of violence. Since all the faculties and senates are involved and will be actively engaged in this initiative, the work to ensure a safe campus will be more structured and well-organized.”

“Through the Safe Campus Initiative, college graduates - both women and men - will become game-changers towards the development of the communities,” said Eunju Cha, Country Director of the KOICA Timor-Leste Office. “It's imperative that they are aware of and equipped with the mind-set of gender equality.”

Ending violence against women and girls is one of the strategic priorities of UN Women in Timor-Leste and globally. A UN Women scoping study done in 2017-2018 in Dili, including in public spaces and education settings, showed that sexual harassment was common in Timor-Leste’s capital.

 

UN Women kontinua asegura kampus iha Timor-Leste seguru liu tan

Autór: Sylvio da Fonseca

Data: Tersa, Novembru 16, 2021

English | Tetun

(Hosi karuk) UNTL Reitor Prof. Dr. João Soares Martins, Diretora Nasionál KOICA Eunju Cha no UN Women Xefe Projetu Hamutuk ba Igualdade nian Nuntana Tangwinit tradisionalmente baku tambor atu lansa grupu traballu tékniku ba Inisiativa Kampus Seguru. Lansamentu ne’e realiza iha Hotel Timor Dili,14 Outubru 2021. Photo: UN Women/ Sylvio da Fonseca
(Hosi karuk) UNTL Reitor Prof. Dr. João Soares Martins, Diretora Nasionál KOICA Eunju Cha no UN Women Xefe Projetu Hamutuk ba Igualdade nian Nuntana Tangwinit tradisionalmente baku tambor atu lansa grupu traballu tékniku ba Inisiativa Kampus Seguru. Lansamentu ne’e realiza iha Hotel Timor Dili,14 Outubru 2021. Photo: UN Women/ Sylvio da Fonseca

Dili, Timor-Leste — UN Women haluan esforsu atu kria ambiente ne'ebé seguru iha kampus universidade sira, hanesan parte ida hosi projetu konjuntu Nasoins Unidas nian atu prevene no responde ba violénsia hasoru feto no labarik-feto sira iha Timor-Leste.

Liuhosi projetu Hamutuk ba Igualdade, UN Women servisu hamutuk ho instituisaun públiku sira, autoridade lokál, komunidade, organizasaun sosiedade sivil no média sira atu prevene no responde ba violénsia iha fatin públiku no privadu sira. UN Women halo ona parseria ho instituisaun média Timor Post atu servisu foka ba reportajen sensivel ba jéneru, Autoridade Munisípiu Baucau ba Inisiativa Baucau Seguru no Merkadu Seguru, no Universidade Nasionál Timor-Lorosa’e (UNTL) iha Dili ba Inisiativa Kampus Seguru.

“Auditoria ba Feto-nia Seguransa” ne’ebé halo konjuntu entre UN Women – UNTL, involve la'o hamutuk ho estudante sira iha tinan 2020 no identifika ona area relasiona ho problema seguransa iha kampus. Rekomendasaun sira inklui nomeia Koordenador universidade ida atu servisu ba asuntu violénsia kontra feto, estabelese servisu esensiál ba ema sira ne'ebé esperiénsia asediu seksuál, muda norma no atitude ladiak, no hadiak fasilidade seguransa.

Iha 14 Outubru, grupu traballu tékniku ida ne'ebé prezide hosi reitór universidade forma tiha hodi diskute oinsá atu implementa rekomendasaun hirak ne'e no planu estratéjia ba Inisiativa Kampus Seguru. Grupu ne'e hala'o sorumutu dahuluk iha loron hanesan. Ho membru na’in 25, grupu ne'e kompostu hosi dosente no estudante sira hosi kampus lima (5); reprezentante hosi ajénsia Governu sira inklui Komisaun Funsaun Públiku no Ministériu Ensinu Superiór, Siénsia no Kultura; no UN Women.

UN Women iha planu atu depois haluan tan Inisiativa Kampus Seguru ba universidade sira seluk iha Timor-Leste.

Membru sira hosi Inisiativa Kampus Seguru nia grupu traballu tékniku komesa sira nia enkontru dahuluk iha Hotel Timor Dili iha 14 Outubru 2021. Photo: UN Women/Sylvio da Fonseca
Membru sira hosi Inisiativa Kampus Seguru nia grupu traballu tékniku komesa sira nia enkontru dahuluk iha Hotel Timor Dili iha 14 Outubru 2021. Photo: UN Women/Sylvio da Fonseca

Projetu Hamutuk ba Igualdade ne’e komesa iha Novembru 2020 no sei remata iha Novembru 2024, ho suporta fundus hosi KOICA. UN Women implementa projetu ne’e hamutuk ho UNDP, UNFPA no IOM ho koordenasaun ho Sekretária Estadu ba Igualdade no Inkluzaun (SEII).

Nishtha Satyam, UN Women Timor-Leste nia Xefe Edifisiu, fó komentariu ba komitmentu grupu traballu tékniku: “UN Women sei servisu hamutuk ho UNTL ba implementasaun Inisiativa Kampus Seguru liuhosi hasa’e kapasidade prestadór servisu esensiál sira no suporta esforsu atu hasa’e koñesimentu no advokasia atu promove relasaun ne’ebé ho respeitu iha fatin públiku.

Liafuan hosi UNTL Reitor Prof. Dr. João Soares Martins: “UNTL ativu tiha ona hodi responde ba kestaun violénsia bazeia ba jéneru iha kampus, liuhosi fornese akonsellamentu ba estudante, profesór no funsionáriu sira ne'ebé esperiénsia forma violénsia hotu-hotu. Tanba fakuldade no senadu hotu sei envolve ativamente iha inisiativa ida ne'e, servisu atu asegura kampus seguru sei sai organizadu diak liu tan.”

Liuhosi Inisiativa Kampus Seguru, graduadu universitariu sira – feto no mane – sei sai autór ba mudansa ba dezenvolvimentu komunidade sira nian.” hateten Eunju Cha, Diretora Nasionál ba KOICA iha Timor-Leste. Ida ne’e krítiku atu sira iha konsiénsia no ekipadu ho hanoin sira kona-ba igualdade jéneru.”

Hapara violénsia hasoru feto no labarik-feto sira sai hanesan prioridade estratéjiku ba UN Women iha Timor-Leste no globalmente. UN Women nia Estudu Esploratóriu ne'ebé hala'o iha 2017-2018 iha Dili, inklui fatin públiku no fatin edukasaun sira, subliña katak asédiu seksuál sai hanesan akontesimentu babain iha Timor-Leste nia kapital.