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Women win record number of seats in Timor-Leste village elections

12 December 2016

In one of Asia’s newest countries, women are breaking gender stereotypes by participating successfully in local elections for Village Chiefs. More

Investing in women for peace and future generations: Timor-Leste adopts a national action plan on Security Council resolution 1325

04 May 2016

Timor-Leste has approved a National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security for 2016-2020, becoming the third country in Southeast Asia to adopt such a plan based on a UN Security Council resolution. More

Asia-Pacific makes strides in implementing CEDAW

10 December 2015

On Human Rights Day, a spotlight on regional programmes to end discrimination and ensure women’s human rights in Southeast Asia. More

Around the world, women and men of all ages “orange their hoods” to end violence

11 December 2014

From flash mobs to bicycle races, street marches to art exhibits, and even illuminating landmarks and buildings in orange light, people around the world banded together during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence by “oranging their neighbourhoods.” More

Sowing seeds, reaping income and independence, in Timor-Leste

30 January 2014

Through self-help groups, grants and gardens, widows, single moms, and survivors of violence are gaining economic independence in rural Timor-Leste. More

New EU-UN Women initiative will tackle violence against women and girls in three countries

26 November 2013

The European Commission and UN Women have announced a new joint programme on Preventing and Addressing Violence against Women and Girls, which will support initiatives by national institutions and civil society organizations in Albania, Timor-Leste and Mexico. More

UN Women Executive Director urges stronger gender focus in post-2015 MDGs

24 September 2013

Remarks of UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the “MDG countdown 2013: Girls and women transforming societies” event in New York, 24 September 2013. More

The gender dimension of the Millennium Development Goals Report 2013

01 July 2013

As the UN Secretary-General launches the latest annual report on progress towards the MDGs, a look at the impact of each of the eight goals on women and girls, as well as UN Women’s efforts to address remaining challenges. More

Demanding Justice for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge

24 June 2013

As the United Nations Security Council adopts a new resolution on conflict-related sexual violence today, we detail the efforts of a UN Trust Fund-supported programme that works to ensure that sexual and gender-based violence perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge during the 1974-1979 genocide in Cambodia is never forgotten. More

In Timor-Leste communities mobilize to confront domestic violence

26 April 2013

Police and community-based networks in Timor-Leste are working to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence by helping survivors get counseling and judicial assistance. They also raise awareness of the domestic violence law. More

Timorese farmer: ‘Working like a slave, eating like a king’

06 September 2012

Veronica Casimira, a Timorese farmer, arrives at the community meeting with freshly-picked bananas in a basket on top of her head. She is met by many friends, most from the self-help group that she started three years ago. More

Riding for Peace and Equality in Timor-Leste

18 October 2011

The Tour de Timor is one of the world's most challenging bicycle races. Cyclists compete over 500-kilometres of mountainous terrain. In September, at the 2011 race, residents of Timor-Leste's capital Dili were invited to join official competitors in a Ride for Peace, stretching along the beach from the Palacio Governo in the centre of the city to the statue of Cristo Rei, a well-known local attraction. More

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