Country Timor-Leste
Year 2008
Type of Measure Prevention > Awareness-raising /Campaigns
Form of Violence Violence against women and girls

Brief Description


Every year in the month of November, the country organizes the 16 days of Action against Violence against Women to raise a public awareness on gender-based violence nation-wide  and to support rural communities for combating domestic violence.  

The National theme for the 2008 campaign was Economic Empowerment and Social Justice for Women.  The Government of Timor-Leste recognized the importance of the Campaign to bring global activism on women's rights to the forefront of the celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10 2008 as well. There have been campaigns and advocacy activities and the events were covered by print media, radio, and television. UN agencies such as UNFPA, UNIFEM and other international donors are the primary sources for funding for those events. The campaign activities are organized and carried out by all actors involved in gender activities within the country.

Source of Information

Response of the Government of Timor-Leste to the questionnaire on violence against women, February 2009