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New self-help groups are aiming to start their own income-generating activities, and hopefully, diverse businesses that could provide some financial relief to survivors of domestic violence, widows, single mothers and other community members.
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With locally produced goods set up throughout the community centre, self-help group members in Timor-Leste were in high spirits, and enjoyed showing local leaders the proof of their labor.
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UN Women Timor-Leste celebrated UN Day by staging an open to the public interactive theater production with UNDP and the Ministry of Social Solidarity. The production focused on ending domestic violence, one of the most reported crimes in the country, and took place outside the National Stadium, where the UN soccer teams played against the National Police. The UN Women outreach team also set up camp in front of the National Stadium and shared public information materials in English and local languages with passers-by to engage those who may not always have access to information about gender equality.
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An initiation of self-help groups, collectives of women and men who work together to produce agricultural products, raise livestock, fish, and even create bricks for infrastructural development has changed not only the financial situation, but the gender division of labour of many communities in poverty-stricken Memo village of Timor-Leste.