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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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Bento is among the 450 parents across three municipalities (Bobonaro, Viqueque and Ermera) to have benefited from the Connect with Respect (CWR) programme implemented by Alola Foundation and Mane ho Vizaun Foun under the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative since February 2021. The programme provided training to parents on positive parenting, where they learn critical skills for developing respectful family and gender-equitable relationships.
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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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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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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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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Joker da Silva is an openly trans man. He is one of many LGBTI activists in Timor-Leste who have helped raise the visibility of the community, including through activities supported by UN Women that build connections and support among members. “I hated to look at myself in the mirror because I was a pretty girl but had a male attitude. Then I decided to devote myself to the church to change.
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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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Today, UN Women in Timor-Leste signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Timor-Leste's Civil Service Commission (CSC) for advancing gender equality in public administration, including ensuring zero tolerance of sexual harassment and upholding equal opportunities for a stronger civil service. The President of the CSC, Dr. Faustino Cardoso Gomes, in his remarks, noted, "The mandate of CSC is to reform the public service. An important aspect of the reform is to...
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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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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...
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UN Women, with the support of Australian Government had developed landmark tools for estimating the resources required to respond to violence against women in South East Asia. With growing evidence that violence against women is a major drag on national economies, there is new interest in understanding what the costs of appropriate responses are for governments to curtail the short and long term consequences, and support survivors in their journey for healing and justice. The total cost of...
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“Often, those of us working in the advocacy sector put a lot of effort but fail to convince people because we lack the necessary data,” said Luis Oliveira Sampaio, the Executive Director of Judicial System Monitoring Program (JSMP), during the opening of 2-day workshop on documenting cases of gender-based violence (GBV). Gender-based violence (GBV) continues to be one of the most pervasive forms of violence in Timor-Leste. Approximately one in...
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“I was bullied by some boys, but it didn’t really occur to me that it was a bad thing, it was a normal thing. We grew up believing that it is normal that boys will bully us, it is normal that boys will get to do things instead of us” Her name is Mariani Vicente Kijong and she begun her blog one year ago. She, along other 19 participants, were in NGO Ba Futuru, to participate in the 3-day Creative Writing workshop. This is one of the six art-based workshop that were run by...