Women in East Timor

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Women in East Timor
Timorese Dancers.jpg
A pair of Timor-Leste women performing a traditional dance.
Gender Inequality Index[1]
Value NR
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
Value NR
Rank NR out of 136

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[2] and the cultural notion that women normally belongs to the home.[3] 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.[2] 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).[3]

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  1. ^ "Human Development Report". United Nations Development Programme. 2013. p. 156. 
  2. ^ a b Women's Situation, East Timor
  3. ^ a b Crook, Matt. Women Learn the Political Ropes, Rights-East Timor

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