Final Evaluation: “Strengthening Women Survivors of Violence” (Timor-Leste)

Authors/editor(s): Megan Hirst & Karen Campbell-Nelson

Grantee: Asosiasaun Chega! Ba Ita

Country: Timor-Leste

Period: January 2015 to December 2017 

Grant amount: $300,000

Description: The project addressed intimate partner violence and state-condoned violence. The overall goal was to ensure that women survivors of sexual and gender-based violence during Timor-Leste’s conflict (1999-2002) have greater access to socio-economic support and services, experience lower levels of stigma and marginalization, and enjoy a more active role in voicing their issues and in decision-making in their communities

Main findings of the evaluation:  

·       the project reached 486 women survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, who consequently received support with housing, education, livelihoods and medical care;

·       of the primary beneficiaries surveyed, 85 per cent had told their story publicly, of whom a quarter had done so for the first time because of the project; and more than half had taken on new roles or leadership positions in their communities;

·       workshops, interdisciplinary training, healing workshops and participatory research supported survivors of violence in speaking out and forming relationships of mutual support;

·       the project created a forum within which women could engage with each other outside the usual contexts, creating an opportunity for younger women to learn from older women.

 

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Bibliographic information

Geographic coverage: Asia and the Pacific; Timor-Leste

Subject area(s): Access to basic services; Conflict, war; Leadership and political participation

Resource type: Evaluation reports

Publication year: 2018