Timor-Leste National Police (PNTL) especially the Vulnerable People’s Unit (VPU) must be trained to recognize gender based violence so they can deal with the issues of violence against women and children when they carry out their work in the community.“Incidence of violence has risen in comparison with other issues, so members of the police must be prepared and made aware for the future when they face situations where violence, especially gender based violence and violence against children and women, is being committed. That is why today police officers are in training to build their capacity to deal with such crimes,” said Superintendent Carlos Jeronimo, Head of the Police Training Academy (AKPOL) at the opening of the UNFPA training session for police officers on HIV/AIDS at the Canossa Centre in Becora, Dili (22/10).
Secretary of State for Promotion of Equality (SEPI) will allocate US$1000 to each District to encourage women to preserve and maintain local handicraft, needlework and farming activities.
The Secretary of State for the Promotion of Equality (SEPI) has remembered the women who fought and sacrificed themselves for national liberation, mentioning them, at the National Women’s Day celebrations also urging young girls today follow their selfless example.“To find out more about these national heroes one must ask the Ministry of Social Solidarity, for they are the ones who are responsible for identifying and providing formal acknowledgement for their heroic deeds. I ask though young girls not to forget those women who fought hard and bravely for national liberation and continue the fight, because the road ahead for women, is just as long and arduous today,” said SEPI Idelta Maria Rodrigues, in Dili.
The celebration of the International Day for Rural Women for this year has as a theme “Empowering Rural Women through Education” because education is important so everyone can improve their lives and in particular the lives of rural women.“Today our theme is education, because it is an important pillar. Development worthless to people if they continue to live without knowledge and we all have to know the value of culture is universal and provides protection to people’s lives,” said the President of the Women’s Parliamentary Group (GMPTL) Member of Parliament (MP) Josefa Alvares Soares during the celebration of the International Day for Rural Women at Joao Paulo II Hall in Comoro Dili, earlier this month (09/10).
The Secretariat of State for the Promotion of Equality (SEPI) will meet with the Ministry for State Administration (MAE) to discuss the revision of the electoral act and encourage women to participate in political life. This is to ensure women are able to compete with their male counterparts and actively participate in the Municipal elections scheduled for 2015. “We have been in preparation and as you can see, we are cooperating to research the impact of the legislation on decentralisation and fine tune it once Municipalities are established,” declared Secretary of State, Idelta Maria Rodrigues, in Parliament.According to her SEPI will cooperate with other entities to socialise the electoral law and is optimistic about achieving greater participation by women in political life, especially in the Municipal system.
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