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Milena Pires campaign poster. Source: SBS / Aneeta Bhole
Sunday, March 20, 2022
Meet the women in Timor-Leste's presidential election
As Timor-Leste looks to its presidential elections on Saturday, several female candidates are standing. Will they persuade the new generation of voters of a need for a greater voice in politics? Women are increasingly taking up more leadership roles...
Election workers count ballots during the 2012 Timor-Leste presidential elections at a polling station in the capital Dili, March 17, 2021. Credit: Sandra Magno/UNDP
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Does Timor-Leste’s upcoming election herald a more inclusive and progressive democracy?
Next week’s election will feature more female candidates than ever, but their impact on the country’s patriarchal cultural norms remains to be seen. Next week, Timor-Leste will hold the seventh presidential election that the country has conducted on...
local elections
Friday, December 23, 2016
Women win record number of seats in Timor-Leste village elections
By Corinne Roberts 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...
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Empowering the Women of Timor-Leste: Peacebuilding in practice
Since the UN Security Council passed resolution 1325 on women, peace and security there has been a worldwide call for women and girls to be protected from gender based violence, and their voices to be brought to the forefront in discussions...
Monday, September 22, 2014
Beijing +20 National Review, Timor-Leste
The Timor-Leste Government is committed to improving and enriching the lives of women to enable them to participate equally in all aspects of life. This is Timor-Leste’s first report and Timor-Leste has made significant progress in the...
Monday, August 25, 2014
Women’s Representativeness in the Parliaments in Different Electoral Systems
A Comparative Study in Five Southeast Asian Countries: Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Timor-Leste: There were at least two main reasons why a study into women’s representativeness in the parliaments in five Southeast Asian...
Monday, August 25, 2014
The increased number of female members of parliament: Identifying its origins and obstacles in Indonesia, the Phillippine and Timor-Leste
It is generally recognized that women worldwide make substantial contributions towards politics, society and the economy in their country. In newly democratic countries in Southeast Asia the role of women in politics in particular has been...
Monday, August 25, 2014
Patriarchal Barriers to Women’s Political Participation in South-East Asia
Lessons from the Philippines, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Timor-Leste on Patriarchy and the Rise of Women’s Participation in State Politics: The results of research carried out by the Partnership and its regional partners on Women’s Political...
Monday, August 25, 2014
The Role of the Parliamentary Women’s Caucus in Promoting Women’s Participation and Representation: A Case Study in Indonesia and Timor-Leste
Today, gender equality and justice have become global issues. Achieving these goals requires wide support not only from governments, but also from international organizations in different parts of the world.In Asia, women’s participation and...
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
The unstoppable police officer of Timor-Leste
The petite lady in uniform is a familiar sight. Although she doesn’t drive a car or ride a motorbike, long distances cannot deter Sergeant Amelia de Jesus Amaral. She will walk on foot, no matter how long it takes, when she gets a complaint from...
Friday, November 15, 2013
The Role of Constitution-Building Processes in Democratization: Case Study East Timor
In order to understand how the contest for power in newly independent Timor-Leste has played out through the constitution building process it is necessary to consider the context within whcih the constitution building process came about... We invite...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Violence against women in politics
Highlighting news, interviews, resources and events on violence against women in politics
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
TIMOR LESTE: East Timor: Politics - Women Take the Plunge
Women in East Timor are being wooed to participate in the local council elections, likely to be held in September."I hope there will be more women participating. This is one of the rights of women now," says Paulina Lemos, 29, who intends to...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
TIMOR LESTE: Timor Leste’s Women Struggle to Make Their Voices Heard
Anyone looking for a model for the promotion of gender equality should look to Timor Leste.In this 10-year-old democracy, gender equality is not only written into the Constitution, but is also practiced in reality, even though most women still have...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
UNIFEM: Timor-Leste Passes Groundbreaking Domestic Violence Law
Earlier this month, Timor-Leste approved its first domestic violence law, eight years after it was initially drafted. The legislature voted overwhelmingly in favor of the law, with 30 votes in favor and three abstentions. Domestic violence is...
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
TIMOR LESTE: Presidential Elections (First Round), 17 Mar 2012
Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste Region: Asia & Pacific Description of government structure: Chief of State: President Jose RAMOS-HORTA Head of Government: Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana GUSMAO Assembly: Timor-Leste has a unicameral...
Friday, October 28, 2011
Asia Pacific Feminist Forum
The Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) will hold the first ever Asia Pacific Feminist Forum (APFF) on 12-14 December 2011 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This event will bring together 100-150 activists- women lawyers, academics,...
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Promoting Women's Political Representation in Southeast Asia - IKAT
Partnership for Governance Reform in Indonesia (Kemitraan) in partnership with the NDI for International Affairs along with regional partners; Indonesian Women's Coalition (KPI), Persatuan Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) from Malaysia, Women's Caucus...

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