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From where I stand: "Having more women in conflict mediation is positive for everyone Involved.”

Friday, July 3, 2020

Martinho Carvalho Sarmento, recently promoted to the position of Inspector General, knows the benefits of having women involved in conflict mediation and prevention.

The power of community advocacy and healing for women survivors of violence

Friday, July 3, 2020

Olinda Alves da Silva, 44 is part of a community of women who are pioneering a better way to provide care and support healing for women survivors of the past conflict in Timor-Leste (1975-1999), while working to prevent further violence against women.

Women mediators breaking stereotypes and working to bring peace in Timor-Leste

Thursday, June 11, 2020

In the past, women in Timor–Leste have had limited opportunities to be involved in conflict resolution due to customary practices that limited women’s roles in leading such processes. In advancing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Timor- Leste, the Ministry of Interior (responsible for internal security) is supporting women to lead as professional conflict mediators in their communities.

Safe Baucau and Safe Market task force paves way for a Generation Equality and safer Baucau for all

Friday, May 29, 2020

Launching of the Safe Baucau Market’s taskforce. Photo: TOMAK / Isaac The Baucau Municipal Authority (BMA) launched a Safe Baucau and Safe Markets Technical Working Group (TWG) in commemoration of International Women’s Day (IWD) in Baucau. The TWG is composed of voluntary members from local government, veterans, the Baucau Women’s Association, private sector, organizations of persons with disabilities, church and youth groups, with participation of the State Secretary...

National university of Timor Lorosa’e (UNTL) and UN Women set the standard in the safe campus initiative

Friday, May 29, 2020

Sexual harassment in public spaces is highly global, including in Timor-Leste. A UN Women study on the safe city conducted between 2017-2018 in the capital Dili, highlighted that no women (including university students) feel safe in public spaces, including campus environments.

From where I stand: “I’m hoping that things will get better so I can have my job back.”

Monday, April 20, 2020

Ana Paula Soares stands in front of her family’s house in Ermera, Timor-Leste. Photo: Courtesy of Natercia Saldanha  “Starting from this month, I won’t go to work. My family and I are sad that I can’t earn money anymore to help the family and pay for my nephews and nieces’ education.  After high school graduation in 2011, I wanted to pursue a university degree, but then I realized that I could never afford it. So I decided to work and sustain...

Voices from the front lines of COVID-19

Thursday, April 9, 2020

COVID-19 has impacted us all, butmost of thedecisions taken are by menand the voices we hear are often male., Yet, themajority of front-line health workers are women and many of the industries directly affected by quarantines and lockdowns—such as travel, tourism and food production—have a higher concentration of women. The care burden on women—already three times more than men on a good day—has grown exponentially. UN Women is bringing the voices of women on the front lines of the pandemic. As essential workers, care givers and journalists, here are some s(h)eroes who are out there, every day, protecting and serving their communities.

Timorese Women’s History

Thursday, March 5, 2020

As the world commemorates the 20th Anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in 2020, this timeline offers a snapshot of a few among the many contributions women have made in shaping Timor-Leste from 1974-2020. Developed through a collaboration between Timor-Leste’s Secretary of State for Equality and Inclusion, Centro Nacional Chega! and UN Women, and with the generous financial support of the Government of Japan, we hope it inspires more stories to be captured and shared for generations to come.

“Now I take the decisions... I don’t wait for my supervisor to approve everything.”

Monday, November 11, 2019

Hilaria Amaral do Carmo is the only female Programme Coordinator of the Covalima Community Centre in southwestern Timor-Leste. She radiates confidence as she works to improve conditions for women. But she wasn’t always like this. She recalls with a laugh how she used to seek approval from her supervisor for even the smallest of decisions. Amaral do Carmo credits her newfound confidence to the leadership skills she learned from Ba Futuru (For the Future), a non-governmental organization supported by UN Women.

“Now I am aware that violence is not the way to educate others, but through respect”

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Faustino S. de Carvalho has been a teacher for 14 years, but noticed a change in his style after a week’s training under the Connect With Respect programme. “Now I am really aware that violence is not the way to educate others, but through respect. When you respect students, they will respect and listen to you,” he said. The change has also been noticed at home, he said. “My wife has been really surprised and the kids who live with me at home have also become closer and communicate more with me.”

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