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Through UN Women’s Safe Baucau and Safe Markets Initiative, has been giving the municipal authority technical advice on preparing a draft budget for 2023. With help from the Secretary State for Equality and Inclusion, UN Women and TOMAK have been training municipal officials on doing gender-responsive budgeting, including exercises on analyzing the budget and integrating specific gender-responsive items into it.
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Thanks to a UN Women programme, hundreds of schoolchildren and their parents in Timor-Leste have learned how to treat each other with greater respect in the classroom, at home and in the community. UN Women works with educational institutions, civil society organizations Alola Foundation and Mane ho Vizaun Foun (Men with a New Vision) and the Ministry of Education to run the Connect with Respect programme on preventing violence against women and girls by promoting healthy relationships in 15 schools in three municipalities of Timor-Leste.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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.
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Faustino Cardoso Gomes, took the discussion in an unexpected and welcome direction, telling the UN Women team of the challenge of sexual harassment in the civil service and the need for guidelines. Sitting alongside him, Maria Olandina Isabel Caeiro Alves, a long-time advocate for women’s rights who was then Commissioner for Discipline and Gender Focal Point, reinforced the necessity for such guidelines. “I was impressed at how openly they identified sexual harassment as a problem,” Caminha recalls.
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“I was taken to Otel Flamboyan [now Pousada in Baucau] by the Indonesian military. They would bring me to the bathroom and push me to take a bath. Take a bath, take a bath, they said. Then they would throw me on the bed and they would take turns to rape me.,” said Maria de Fatima, a survivor from Timor-Leste reflecting on her time as a captive of the Indonesian military during the occupation. A hundred people from Baucau joined Mana...
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As part of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence in 2017, the United Nations Country Team in Timor-Leste endorsed 5-points committing to joint efforts toward eliminating violence against women and girls. These actions align with the UN's high standards of integrity and professionalism with respect for the dignity of all people. The commitment was signed by representatives of UN agencies present in Timor-Leste: UNFPA, UNICEF, UNDP, UNESCO, UN Women, FAO,...
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Women in rural areas have a great potential to contribute more. Sadly, these energies and potential had been wasted by not involving them, said Ana de Fatima Cunha. Ana de Fatima Cunha, or Ana as she prefers to be called, was one of 12 women from 5 of Timor-Leste's 13 municipalities participating in a 2-day leadership training to build their advocacy skills as part of the commemoration of International Day for Rural Women on 15th October. Ana is an entrepreneur from the Municipality...
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Marching through the streets of East Timor's capital Dili with a rainbow flag in his hand, Natalino Guterres was overwhelmed with emotion, reminding him of how he felt 15 years ago when he saw the Timorese flag raised for the first time. "It was an emotional moment," he said of the...
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“I participated in several leadership trainings over my career but this workshop has provided me more insight on leadership, because it is building on the existing capacities of the participants, and recognizing their strengths,” said Manuel Dos Santos, the Director of non-governmental organization Pradet, which provides support services to survivors of violence. Ms. Ivete Oliveira, former President of the Rede Feto Board leading the discussion among...
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It’s midday in one of Dili’s busiest markets. A man pushes a food-cart selling an Indonesian-style soup with spicy meatballs. In an aluminum-roofed market stall, Barbara Garma Soares is shopping for football jerseys. Soares is one of 21 women recently elected as Xefe Suku (Village Chief), in Timor-Leste’s nation-wide local elections held on 13 November. This is almost double the result from last election, in 2009, where only 11 women were elected...
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Women’s groups in the National Parliament and civil society are jointly pushing to enhance women’s political leadership in Timor-Leste by supporting female candidates in the upcoming village and national-level elections. A Strategic Framework 2016-2021 to mobilize female voters and candidates was launched on 11 October by the Women’s Caucus of the National Parliament and ‘100% Hau Prontu’ (I am ready) movement of 15 local and...
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Hundreds of people have marched in the streets of Timor-Leste’s capital to demand an end to sexual harassment. It was a protest against oppression that activists linked to the country’s struggle for independence. About 600 men, women, youths and children of many different backgrounds flowed through the city centre before the afternoon rush hour in the 25 August march organized by UN Women. They chanted, sang, and shouted for an end...