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

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

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.

Expert’s Take: “Advocating for women and girls’ right to education starts within our homes and communities, stretching to decision-makers.”

Friday, September 10, 2021

The Timor-Leste National Inclusive Education Policy (2011) has the objective that all residents of the country “should receive equally, an education of good quality appropriate to their individual abilities and should gain the necessary knowledge, capacity and skills – suitable vocation – to support themselves and their families and to participate in all areas of national development,” and the National Education Strategic Plan (2011).

The unseen strands: Looking at the state of violence and gender in Timor-Leste

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

The unseen strands: looking at the state of violence and gender in Timor-Leste. Message from the former Head of Office for UN Women in Timor-Leste on the state of violence against women in the country. With this progress around us, we have been reflecting on violence, especially violence against women and girls that still makes the news and our Facebook feeds, in places with familiar names, such as Lahane, Kutet or Rai Kotu, and in familiar settings, such as homes, orphanages, schools, on the street, in taxis, markets, offices and even social media.

Timor-Leste’s marginalized LGBTI community lead front-line response to Cyclone Seroja

Friday, May 14, 2021

Just one day after Cyclone Seroja hit Dili in April, killing 41 and displacing 4,022, members of the LGBTI community and a joint force from local non-governmental organization Arcoiris set up a community kitchen to provide food and drinking water to more than a thousand people in their neighbourhood of Bidau, in the east of the capital. As the torrential rain swept away belongings and houses, the spirit of solidarity remained firm, as food, clean water, women’s hygiene kits, and essential household goods were supplied to more than 200 families, including material to rebuild houses.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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