Women in East Timor
A pair of Timor-Leste women performing a traditional dance.
|Gender Inequality Index|
|Rank||NR out of 148|
|Maternal mortality (per 100,000)||300|
|Women in parliament||38.5% (2012)|
|Women in labour force||38.4% (2011)|
|Global Gender Gap Index|
|Rank||NR out of 136|
|Women in society|
Among the traditional practices challenging the status of women in East Timor or women in Timor-Leste include not being able to inherit or own property and the cultural notion that women normally belongs to the home. Apart from these customary concepts, East Timorese women were also confronted by the occurrence of domestic violence. Rape cases and sexual slavery were allegedly committed by East Timorese pro-integration militias during the September 1999 crisis in East Timor. One of the organizations that promote empowerment and foster gender equality for the women of East Timor is the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).
- Martins da Silva, Mira and Susan Kendall. Issues for Women in East Timor: The Aftermath of Indonesian Occupation, February 18-22, 2002, University of Sydney, Australia
- Violence against Women in Melanesia and East Timor: A Review of International Lessons, Office of Development Effectiveness, AusAID, Australian Government, 32 pages
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- Status of Women in East Timor, AusAIDvideo, September 7, 2009