Client: UNDP Support to the Timorese Electoral Cycle (UNEST), Timor-Leste
Project: Women’s Participation publication
Community Leader Elections (Suco) 2009
Languages: Tetum and English
Timor-Leste has a strong community power structure and decision-making process; with almost no participation from women. Traditionally, men have dominated the political, ritual and conflict mediation in communities.
To fast-track women participation in decision- making, the National Parliament and the Government adopted affirmative action policies in the 2009 community elections through the special reservation of seats for women. This resulted in a large number of women being elected into village councils.
This publication draws attention to women’s participation in the 2009 electoral process and encourages them to participate in future decision-making activities. It includes charts and tables for comparison purposes showing the ratio of male/female participation in various electoral arenas.
Publication Photographs: Karen Kelleher Carneiro,
Martine Perret, Valerie Sticher