Feminist Future in Timor Leste

2010 April Feminist Future
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Therese Rourke

Therese writes that the trip to Timor-Leste brought home to her the reality of life for many women in this impoverished country—issues akin to those of women in impoverished societies everywhere—food for their families, freedom from domestic violence, educational opportunities at least comparable to those of boys and men.

She discovered that, like in Australia, many women from more privileged backgrounds were taking on the responsibility of working for the betterment of the whole society. They did this with hope mixed with intelligence and a generous dollop of goodwill. The people were an inspiration. Mostly women – and a few good men – were tapping into the real needs of the people, and at the same time, showing leadership focused on long-term change.