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Women in East Timor

Women in East Timor
A pair of Timor-Leste women performing a traditional dance.
Gender Inequality Index
Value NR
Rank NR
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[1] and the cultural notion that women normally belongs to the home.[2] 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 empowerment and foster gender equality for the women of East Timor is the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).[2]


  • See also 1
  • References 2
  • Further reading 3
  • External links 4

See also


  1. ^ a b Women's Situation, East Timor
  2. ^ a b Crook, Matt. Women Learn the Political Ropes, Rights-East Timor

Further reading

  • 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

External links

  • Status of Women in East Timor, AusAIDvideo, September 7, 2009
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