Subject: UNIFEM in E Timor


In October 2000, UNIFEM joined forces with Australian women to support and empower women of East Timor during the country's transition from Indonesian rule to independence. This joint-project will provide training and counseling services for women who have survived violence resulting from political conflict.

UNIFEM is also supporting the efforts of East Timorese women working to ensure equal representation of women and men in the first general election scheduled for August 2001. UNIFEM will provide support to enhance women's leadership skills and facilitate a more open environment for women to participate in the public realm of governance at the local and national level.

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