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Tuesday, 06 March 2012

Enhancing gender equality in Timor-Leste

With the aim of promoting and protecting women’s rights and gender equality in the development process, the EU Delegation in Timor-Leste has launched a project called “Raising women's voices: advocating for women's rights” in partnership with the Catholic Institute for International Relations (CIIR-Progressio) and its local partner, Rede Feto, the women umbrella NGO. The objectives are to strengthen the capacity of Rede Feto and its member organisations for effective advocacy and lobbying by the NGO and its membership for legislation to protect women and to empower women socio-economically.
Moreover, the EU also has initiated the project “Empowering women and establishing Grassroots Protection Network” in conjunction with the NGO Ba Futuru. The project seeks to improve grassroots protection for vulnerable populations through the empowerment of women by linking state and non-state actor sat the local level for the prevention and violence against women and children and will ensure women’s meaningful participation in peace building and post-conflict governance. Specific objectives include reducing violence against and abuse of vulnerable populations, the empowerment of local female leaders as key agents for protection and to improve the government’s awareness of grassroots protection needs and introduce strategies to address these needs.
Whereas Timor-Leste has made a strategic decision to join ASEAN by 2012, it is eligible to participate in the 10th EDF Regional Programme for the Pacific. To this effect, the EC Delegation facilitates the contacts between Timor-Leste and the Pacific regional organisations concerned in order to assist the country derive maximum benefits from the regional programme.

Source: European Commission