The Secretary of State for the Promotion of Equality together with women’s civil society groups decided that the public holiday for National Women’s Day should remain on November 3.
This year the Embassy for Thailand in Timor-Leste has given $2900 to a women’s group in Oe-Cusse district with the objective of empowering the group economically. Coordinator of the Economic Empowerment Program at the Alola Foundation, Jose Xabino Ximenes, said since 2011 each year the Thai Embassy gives financial support to vulnerable women’s groups in rural areas through the Alola Foundation, to financially empower the women.
Prior to submitting Timor-Leste’s report to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in Geneva, the Secretary of State for the Promotion of Equality held consultation sessions with civil society.Secretary of State Idelta Maria Rodrigues said she believes the consultations were very important to collect ideas and opinions from each ministry and from civil society on Timor’s progress developing the welfare of women across all sectors of society.According to the Secretary of State holding consultations was important to prepare adequately for this difficult report, with a questionnaire developed and distributed to each ministry to gather ideas to be compiled into the CEDAW report, which will be presented in 2014.
The Program Officer for Family Planning at the Ministry of Health, Aurea Celina, said family planning is not about asking parents not to have children but about getting parents to space out child rearing.According to Program Officer Celina,it’s best for women to conceive every third year to allow the body and the reproductive system to recover fully from the previous birth.
In 2013 the Marie Stopes International (MSI) Clinic Timor-Leste two priority programs are to increase the knowledge of youths about sexual education and family planning for women.According to Acting Country Director, MSI, Iram Saeed, these programs are very important to increase equality of women to life and health so women have equal opportunity to education, social activities, politics, and the economy of the nation.
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