Promoting the human rights of women and children in Timor-Leste.
The Advocacy Program undertakes public education, research and promotion of women’s rights with a view to promoting legal frameworks that reflect women’s rights, and providing women with practical skills that allow them to pursue positions of leadership.
The Advocacy Program engages in campaigns for women’s rights, provides humanitarian assistance through associated networks, and provides opportunities for young women’s development through its Women’s Resource Centre. You can learn more about the Women’s Resource Centre below.
Alola continues to play an important role in the development and promotion of laws and policies that protect women in Timor-Leste, including the Law Against Domestic Violence, promulgated in 2010, and the Referral Mechanism for the Protection of Victims of Human Trafficking, completed in partnership with IOM in 2010.
All Fundasaun Alola training programs include raising awareness of gender-based violence, human trafficking, and Domestic Violence Law. This integrated approach is a priority for Fundasaun Alola in its mission to prevent gender-based violence, strengthen women leaders and support decision making by young women.
“As a woman and head of the Village, I am very grateful for the information related to Gender Based Violence. We have to be brave and not be ashamed to speak the truth, because if we remain silent those problems will never be solved. As a woman leader I always get cases of gender based violence, and together with the Municipal Police and Ministry of Justice, I am trying to find solutions to the problem”.
Head of Manutasi Village (Ainaro municipality) .
We’re helping the women and children of Timor-Leste build a strong future.
Women’s Resource Centre
Alola’s Women’s Resource Centre (WRC) is a key part of the Advocacy Program. The WRC provides free computer, internet access and library access to youth (female and male). The WRC promotes discussions on gender issues, such as Gender Based Violence, sexual and reproductive health, leadership and public speaking and raises awareness about the law against human trafficking, the law against domestic violence, the CEDAW convention, Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB), and gender issues in taxation law.
The WRC also provided training for trainers, life skills training, basic computer training, and how to write a CV or a job application. The WRC also campaigns for the prevention of early pregnancy.