National Consultation on Policies and Laws Affecting Women and Youth in Timor-Leste

When, local time: 
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
This 1-Day national consultation will validate a review paper and discuss policy recommendations developed by the Centre of Studies for Peace and Development (CEPAD), with the support of UNESCO Office in Jakarta.<br /><br />Building on CEPAD’s existing research and engagement with women and youth across all the 13 districts of Timor-Leste, and finalize after five Focus Groups Discussions, the document reviews and assesses the Timorese policies and laws affecting women and youth, with a focus on social inclusion and employment. <br /><br />It reveals that the inter-related challenges facing youth are: <br />• high secondary and post-secondary dropout rates; <br />• lack of youth leadership, initiative, creativity, commitment and interest in community and economic spheres; <br />• high unemployment; and lack of self-esteem. <br /><br />Disaffected youth under the age of 18 who are unemployed and feel socially, economically and politically excluded increasingly resort to violence including through martial arts gangs to lash out or cope with their frustrations. <br /><br />It also reveals that however women’s representation in the National Parliament and in senior positions of Government is relatively strong, a distinct still gap remains between the national and district levels in terms of their participation and capacity.<br /><br />To improve the policies affecting women and youth in Timor-Leste and ensure they really integrate the needs of these vulnerable groups at all levels, several policy recommendations are formulated and will be discussed during <br />this National Workshop which will gather fifty participants, including national and district officials, governmental officials from several ministries, as well as representatives from NGOs and media.<br /><br />All those key stakeholders have been selected on the basis of inclusiveness and representativeness with a certain command of legitimacy and respect in the work they do and represent as individuals and organizations with the women and youth groups at the district and national levels.