Increasing women’s participation in rural areas
The District Support Project (Now- Municipal Support Project) mission to strengthened women’s leadership at the municipal level by continuing to mentor women in 24 villages in 12 municipalities including Oecusse Special Economic Zone in order to ensure women who are elected village chiefs are supported to fulfill their roles and responsibilities, for example in implementing the annual plan designed through workshop reflections conducted after the election, and advocacy actions to respond to village problems at the municipal level.
The total beneficiaries from the District Support Project were 1,549 (1,038 female and 511 male) across the country.
The achievement made from the “Young Women Making Change” group increased the capacity of members following internships and job coaching in government agencies and NGOs based on their needs and as a result there were eight member has had employed out of 10 that attending the internship Initiative. Another achievement was campaigned on early pregnancies has been conducted, in collaboration with partner includes Marie Stopes International, refer schools and Ministry of Education. As a result of advocacy and campaign during several years the Ministry of Education established a special division to design a Re-Entry Policy.
During the year the sub-programs has had providing capacity building to women chief of village and potential women candidates with the total of 42 women through conducted training on management leadership, public speaking, gender responsive budgeting, gender based violence and support produced 3 year village planning. Apart from the training, there was reflection workshop that involved women elected and candidate. Another activity to support the elected women chief of villages and potential women was Citizen Forum at the village level that was identified 7 priority issues: health, education, basic sanitation, infrastructure, gender based violence, young women’s problems for example :early pregnancy, and agriculture linked with economic issues. These issues were addressed through the Citizen Forum, with the local government, members of village council, and also publish through local media (community radio). To support the effectiveness of program delivery to the women leader in village level, Alola has had conducted a Baseline Survey on “Public perceptions of Women and Leadership in Timor-Leste” which will be launch in 2018
Another achievement in 2017 was Alola has signed a third period agreement with the National Directorate for Suco Administration (DNAAS) to strengthen the skill and ability of village Council members, and organized “100% I Am Ready” meetings with National Election Commission (CNE) to share experience of the National election process, based on the results of monitoring and observation of the National Commission and members of 100% I am Ready, which showed there was less discrimination and violations of women’s participation compared to the first election.
The national level advocacy action are includes advocacy for the promulgation of the human trafficking legislation and its implementation, and also collaborating with Advocacy Working Group to draft legislation about domestic workers rights, and submitting recommendations to the relevant institutions (SEPFOPE). In addition, the several meeting with SEPFOPE to ensure women workers in the private sector are entitled to express their issues or problems freely and without discrimination are conducted