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Launch of “Together for Equality” USD 7.7 million joint effort supporting national action plan on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) from four United Nations agencies and KOICA Timor-Leste

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Four UN agencies: UN Women, UNDP, UNFPA and IOM through the generous funding of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in Timor-Leste with the State Secretariat for Equality and Inclusion (SEII) launched today a four-year USD 7.7 million project titled “Together for Equality: Preventing and Responding to Gender-Based Violence in Timor-Leste” to enhance efforts for all women and girls in Timor-Leste to enjoy their right to live free from gender-based violence, and access quality essential services.

For Equality and the Economy: Exploring the Gender Dimension of Timor-Leste’s Tourism Sector

Monday, February 8, 2021

Tourism has a unique potential to drive economic growth, create jobs, and promote innovation for more sustainable development, and in particular support development of the municipalities in Timor-Leste. Developing tourism in Timor-Leste means business, and business in tourism means women.

From where I stand: "People living with disability in Timor-Leste need respect, not charity”

Monday, February 8, 2021

Cesario da Silva is the executive director for the Association of People with Disability in Timor-Leste (ADTL). UN Women and the UN Human Rights Advisor’s Unit in Timor-Leste have been working closely with ADTL to support the rights of persons with disabilities and build an inclusive society, through the UN Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) program. Amid immense and persistent challenges, Cesario has seen some progress for the community.

Choosing to Change the Narrative, 44 Youth Make Use of Digital Tools to Counter Hate Speech and Promote Social Cohesion

Monday, February 8, 2021

As more individuals and young people are using digital spaces, the widespread issue of online hate speech and the tension of social cohesion amid the COVID-19 pandemic is gaining greater visibility.

Getting to know UN Women staff

Monday, February 8, 2021

Gemma joined UN Women Timor-Leste’s Communications and Advocacy Internship program for 6 months. This program is designed for enrolled university or higher education students and recent graduates that aims to increase their knowledge on the work of UN Women in the areas of gender equality and women empowerment. Successful candidates can also learn about the UN system as well as experience a bigger picture of being in the development sector.

Op-Ed: The Countdown to an End to the 16 Days of Activism and an End to Gender-based Violence

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

What will it take to move these ideas from our imagination into a reality? With more than 1 in 3 married women (37 per cent) in Timor-Leste experiencing violence from their partners in the past year, and more than half of women and men believing such violence is justified, eliminating violence against women and girls by 2030 often seems impossible and unlikely.

Camille Wauters “We see how positive these changes have been for the whole society.”

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Camille Wauters in Timorese traditional dress. Photo: UN Women/Helio Miguel Camille Wauters has been with UN Women since 2008. She started working in Niger as a UN Volunteer for UN Women as Economic Empowerment Officer and then continued working in Palestine. She has been working at the Timor-Leste Country Office since 2014, where she managed the Gender Mainstreaming programme and later the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) programme. Let’s hear more about her work with UN Women Timor...

Advocates in Timor-Leste bring up marginalized voices trough the EU-UN spotlight initiative

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Despite the progress made towards LGBTI rights in Timor-Leste, discrimination is still extremely high against people from the LGBTI community in family, societal and institutional settings. In addressing it, civil society organizations (CSO) and human rights activists persistently advocate to ensure LGBTI persons are not left behind.

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.

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.

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