Not just a domestic problem: everyday discrimination against women in urban Timor-Leste


“Public forms of violence against women occurs alongside indications that the public’s tolerance for domestic violence is rising, despite a range of initiatives undertaken to counter violence against women, including various laws and policies adopted Timorese government to protect women. Last year’s UNDP Human Development Report indicates widespread acceptance of domestic violence in Timor-Leste, notably reporting that a larger proportion of women (86.2 per cent) than men (80.7 per cent) think there are circumstances in which a husband can be justified in beating his wife.”

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