06.03.2013 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Exploring Creative Initiatives to Promote Social Inclusion of Women and Youth in Timor-Leste

CEPADSpeaker: Joao Boavida, Executive Director of CEPAD / Panel from left: Ilidio Ximenes, Secretary of State for Professional Training and Employment, Zito Oliveira, Director General for Secretary of State for Youth and Sport, Charaf Ahmimed, Head of SHS at UNESCO Office Jakarta, Nominando Soares Martins, Jacinta Luzinha, Executive Director of REDE FETO (Women's Network of East Timor), and Secretary of State for Environment of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Environment.

(Dili, Timor-Leste, 4 March 2013) . The Centre of Studies for Peace and Development (CEPAD) and UNESCO organised a National Validation Workshop to present early findings and review the recommendations of CEPAD’s action-oriented research on “Assessment of laws and policies affecting women and youth in Timor-Leste”.

The National Validation Workshop titled "Exploring Creative Initiatives to Promote Social and Economic Inclusion for Women and Youth in Timor-Leste" was held on Friday, 1 March 2013 in Dili, Timor-Leste. It marked the final stage in the process of developing the recommendations and conclusions of the action-oriented research. CEPAD will compile preliminary research findings with conclusions from sub-working group discussions conducted at the Workshop, such as the voices of stakeholders emphasizing the need for more training and sufficient training equipment for women and youth, as well as a more active governmental role in support of local culture and products. The report will contribute to furthering UNESCO’s work to promote creative industries with focus on cultural industries, as well as highlight priorities for policy recommendations and future work of UNESCO in Timor-Leste.

UNESCO Jakarta Office contracted, in November 2012, the Review and Assessment report to provide information to support women and youth in Timor-Leste. Accordingly, CEPAD’s research team has carried out desk research and analysis of existing national policies and laws affecting women and youth; and a participatory action research based on interactive dialogue with women and youth through group discussions in 3 districts, engaging women and youth to participate and take an active role in identifying obstacles and recommendations to improve their conditions. The final report entitled “Review and Assessment of Policies and Laws affecting Women and Youth in Timor-Leste” will be available in April 2013.

In UNESCO’s mission to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue, women and youth are considered key actors and partners. UNESCO believes that participatory and strategic involvement of young women and men in outreach, volunteerism and bureaucracy can bridge the gap between the formal institutions and youth, including vulnerable, disadvantaged and marginalized groups, filling a critical gap of unmet needs. Women and youth should also play a key role in both the design and the implementation of the emerging Post-2015 Agenda on “realizing the future we want for all”.

UNESCO continues to support the empowerment women and youth through providing platforms for making their voices heard. To hear more about our work and opportunities for participation, please look out for updates on our website.

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