Oe-cussi Child Rights Protection Services (SPDL) in the Regional Social Reinsertion Directorate (DRSR) has referred six (6) cases of violence against children to the Office of the Prosecutor for processing. “We processed three cases form the second semester and a further three in the latter part of 2011,” said David Casenube, Oe-cussi DRSR Official (02/08), at a meeting in ETPA Santa Rosa, Oe-cussi.Some of these children were abandoned, others mistreated by adoptive parents and neglected after their parents separated. The perpetrators of these crimes are at large because there was not sufficient evidence to imprison them, although in 2008 we were able to prosecute two people,” said David Casenube.
Funding has been the major issue affecting the viability of shelters and refuges for victims of domestic and gender based violence.REDE FETO as the umbrella for these shelters urged the Government to fund them accordingly to guarantee adequate provision of services and facilities for women victims.“I believe shelters should be established in all Districts and not only in some, as domestic violence occurs throughout the whole nation. Funding should be allocated for the operation of these shelters and to pay for staff’s wages, so victims of gender based get the appropriate treatment and services,” said Rede Feto member and Director of Feto Kbi’it Servisu Hamutuk (FKSH), Gisela de Carvalho, (06/08), in Bairo-Pite, Dili.
The Organizasaun Feto Kbi’it Servisu Hamutuk (FKSH) is funding ten women to attend vocational training at various Professional Training Centres around the country.“Previously we supported ten young women to acquire training in sewing cooking and cake making at the Nuns’ Training Centre in Baucau. They have returned to Ermera and have now opened their own training centres. Some got IT training at Euros and have now enrolled at university,” said Gisela de Carvalho, FKSH Director, (06/08), in her office in Bairo-Pite, Dili. FKSH interventions include capacity building of women in the areas of leadership and economics so they can actively contribute towards national development.
The third legislature is once again dominated by men, so women will find it a task to express their capacity in decision making, so the Women in Parliament Group (GMPTL) will make big efforts to defend women’s rights across all sectors and promote gender equality.“As a woman and women’s representative in parliament, I must safeguard women’s maturity and dignity. We must stand together because we have the capacity and have far greater responsibility than our male counterparts as mothers, so we must fight to protect our rights,” said Member of Parliament (MP) Bendita Moniz Magno, (03/08), in Parliament. As a new MP, she will collaborate with re-elected MPs to discuss the structure as well as ways to improve and strengthen GMPTL in their fight for women’s rights.
The Women’s Justice Unit (WJU) at the Justice System Monitoring Program (JSMP) has been monitoring cases of Domestic and Sexual Violence that go through the Timor-Leste court system. “We are responsible for monitoring the legal cases of domestic and sexual violence to see whether fellow women are somewhat disadvantaged by the decisions handed down by the courts,” said WJU Coordinator, Flora Soriano Menezes, (01/08) in Dili.
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