CEDAW discusses female leadership and inclusion with Timorese civil society representatives

November 10, 2015

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) recently met with civil society representatives from Timor-Leste to discuss issues of female leadership in decision-making processes, as well as women’s participation and gender-based violence.

The Civil Society Coalition highlighted the social, cultural and political barriers that restrict rural women in both public and private life. Global Initiative also discussed the structural discrimination and negative gender stereotypes that Timorese women face, including the ways they impede their ability to fully participate in politics, education, and land ownership.

Currently, the Timor-Leste government lacks the resources to effectively implement the National Action Plan on Domestic Violence and Gender-Based Violence.

Read the full report on the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights website.

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