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NGO OHM with Ba Futuru help Women to Drive Peace and Economic Development

February 23rd, 2018

Dili, Timor – Leste – NGO Organizasaun Haburas Moris (OHM) in partnership with Ba Futuru will finish the pilot of the Women Driving Peace and Economic Development Project at the end of February 2018. The Project has worked to enhance women’s ability to participate in the economy and mitigate conflict in their lives thus advancing stabilization, peace and recovery. This life-enhancing project was supported by the Canada Fund Local Initiatives.

Peter MacArthur, Ambassador of Canada to Indonesia and Timor-Leste, expressed his support for the project: “Canada is committed to empowering women in all areas of their life and reducing gender-based violence. We are proud to have supported a project that has yielded such positive and tangible results for women in Timor-Leste, and which has given them a voice within their community.”

There were significant outcomes from this project, that includes providing life skills and knowledge to enhance women’s capacity with regards to managing their own businesses, identifying required resources and support from other stakeholders, and encouraging women to make decisions regarding household finances. The trainings also have empowered women to contribute to conflict resolution and have educated them as well about gender-based violence.

A 43-year-old, head of a women’s group, who participated in the Women’s Economic Empowerment training stated “I am pleased with the trainings delivered by dedicated and enthusiastic facilitators from Ba Futuru through OHM. The training has provided essential information about running a business, identifying existing resources and how to seek assistance from local organizations to run a business, and gain deeper understanding about budgeting. Before taking part in the training, I did not realize that there are support and resources available to help us start our own business. With these trainings, I can now set my own goals and have my own action plan. I highly recommend that this training will be continued in the future”.

Surveys conducted showed that this project has had a significant impact in improving the livelihood of participants in the Bobonaro District. Post-training survey showed that after the trainings, 95% of participants felt confident to manage their own business, compared to 63% from the pre-training survey. Before the trainings, only 58% of women reported that they could identify resources and the support required to run a business. This number increased to 100% after the training. The post-training survey also showed that 100% of women now felt confident to make decisions with regards to their family’s economic situation, compared to only 58% beforehand.

Surveys about the conflict resolution and gender-based violence training also showed significant improvement on how participants’ behavior, perception and skills were changed before and after the training. Before the training, only 53% of participants stated that they could resolve a conflict. This number increased into 73% after the training. Furthermore, before the training, only 47% of the participants agreed that domestic violence was against the law, this number increased to 95% after the training. The post-training survey also showed that 84% of participants agreed that men and women should have equal household responsibility, compared to the pre-training survey that showed only 58% of participants had agreed with this. One participant commented that the training helped them identify conflict around them and in their family, and that it had helped them to resolve the conflicts that arose.

A 22-year-old female participant commented, “I’m grateful to participate in the training. Now, I have a clear understanding about conflict, methods and approaches to resolve a conflict, and the skills to make decisions. Often, we resolve conflict with violence, but now I can resolve conflict in a non-violent way. I look forward to sharing this information with friends and family.”

Perhaps, the most successful story of this project is that women now feel empowered to run a business, feel encouraged to take part in conflict resolution, as well as raising their awareness about gender-based violence. Several participants were inspired to seek assistance from local stakeholders to support their small businesses such as opening a clothes alteration shop. Moreover, most participants’ state that they are now more aware of gender-based violence and can better solve conflict within their family and in the community. The majority of participants engaged in the training also demonstrated noticeable changes in their skills level and knowledge in building their own business and feel inspired to contribute to their community.

Due to this pilot project’s merits and successes, support for delivering a longer version of the project in Bobonaro Municipality is being provided by Misereor, the German Catholic Bishops’ Organization for Development Cooperation, together with a small grant from the US Embassy in Timor – Leste.


23 de Fevereiru, 2018

 “Organizasaun OHM no ONG Ba Futuru fo Tulun ba Feto atu Hari Dame no Dezenvolvimentu Ekonomia”

Dili, Timor-Leste – Organizasaun Haburas Moris (OHM) servisu hamtuk ho ONG Ba Futuru sei ramata projetu pilotu hosi Projetu Feto Hari Dame no Dezenvolvimentu Ekonomia (Women Driving Peace and Economic Development Project) iha fulan Fevereiru 2018. Projetu ne’e hala’o hodi hadi’a feto nia abilidade atu partisipa iha ekonomia no redus  konflitu iha sira nia moris, hadi’a estabilizasaun, dame no rekuperasaun. Projetu hadi’a vida ne’e hetan apoia hosi Canada Fund Local Initiatives.

Embaixadór Canada ba Indonézia no Timor – Leste, Peter MacArthur, espresa nia apoia ba projetu ne’e: “Canada komete atu habiit feto iha area hotu iha sira nia moris no redús violénsia-bazeia ba jéneru. Ami sente orgullu tamba suporta ona projetu ne’ebé hamosu rezultadu pozitivu no real (evidente) ba feto Timor – Leste, no ida ne’ebé fo ona lian ba feto sira iha sira nia komunidade.”

Rezultado signifikativu balun hosi projetu ne’e maka hanesan, projetu ne’e inklui abilidade moris no matenek hodi hasa’e feto nia kapasidade iha relasaun ho hala’o sira nia negosiu rasik, identifika rekursus nesesáriu no apoia hosi partes interesada, no enkoraja feto atu foti desijaun kona-ba ekonomia família. Treinamentu ne’e mos habiit feto atu kontribui iha rezolusaun konflitu, no mos eduka sira kona ba violénsia-bazeia ba jéneru.

Bazeia ba aktividade ida ne’e, partisipante ida ho tinan 43, nudar dirijenti hosi grupu feto nian, ne’ebé partisipa iha treinamentu Habiit Ekonomia Feto (Women Economic Empowerment) hatete “Ha’u kontente tebes ho treinamentu ne’ebé oferese hosi fasilitadór hosi ONG Ba Futuru liuhusi OHM ne’ebé maka iha dedikasaun no entuziasta. Treinamentu ne’e oferese informasaun importante kona-ba hala’o negosiu, identifika rekursus ne’ebé iha, oinsa atu buka asisténsia hosi partes interesadas lokal ba hala’o negosiu, no aprende liu tan kona ba orsamentu. Molok hola parte iha treinamentu ne’e, ha’u la hatene kona ba apoia ho rekursus sira ne’ebé iha atu ajuda ami loke ami nia negosiu rasik. Ho treinamentu sira        ne’e, ha’u bele iha ona mehi rasik hodi ba halo ha’u nia planu asaun rasik. Ha’u rekomenda atu treinamentu ne’e sei kontinua iha futuru.

Avaliasaun mini (survey) ne’ebe realiza, hatudu katak projetu ne’e iha impaktu signifikativa atu hadi’ak  moris loron-loron partisipantes sira nian, iha munisipiu refere (Bobonaro). Rezultadu avaliasaun depoiz de treinamentu  nian hatudu katak depois de  treinamantu, partisipantes ho porsentu 95 maka bele dirije ona sira nia negosiu rasik, kompara ho porsentu 63 hosi molok treinamnetu nebe hetan. Molok treinamentu hahu, feto, 58% deit mak resposta katak sira bele identifika rekursus no apoia ne’ebé presija atu hala’o negosiu ida. Porsentu ida ne’e sa’e ba 100% depois de treinamentu. Rezultadu depoiz de treinamentu mos hatudu katak feto 100% sente fiar an atu foti desijaun kona ba situasaun ekonomia família, kompara ho 58% iha molok treinamentu ne’ebé hatete katak sira la fiar-an.

Avaliasaun mini kona-ba treinamnetu sira ba rezolusaun konflitu no violénsia-bezeia ba jéneru, ne’ebé hatudu mos progresu signifikativu kona-ba oinsa partisipante sira nia komportamentu, persepsaun no abilidades ne’ebé troka iha durasaun molok i depoiz de treinamentu. Molok treinamnetus hahu, partisipantes 53% deit mak hatete katak sira bele resolve konflitu ida. Persentajein ne’e sa’e ba 73 depoiz de treinamentu. Tuir fali mai, molok treinamentu hahu, partisipantes 47% mak konkorda katak violénsia doméstika ne’e kontra lei, no númeru persentajen ne’e aumenta ba 95% wainhira treinamentu remata. Avaliasaun depoiz de treinamentu mos hatudu katak partisipantes 84% konkorda katak feto no mane tenke iha responsabilidade ba família ne’ebé hanesan, kompara ho molok treinamentu ne’ebé hatudu katak partisipantes ho 58% deit mak konkorda. Partisipante ida fo nia hanoin katak treinamentu sira ne’e ajuda ona sira atu identifika konflitu sira ne’ebé mosu no iha sira nia família rasik, no ajuda ona sira atu rezolve konflitu sira ne’ebé mosu.

Partisipante ida ho tinan 22, hatete katak “ha’u agradese tebes tamba bele ona partisipa iha treinamentu ne’e. Agora, ha’u iha ona komprensaun ne’ebé klean liu tan kona ba konflitu, maneiras atu rezolve konflitu ida, no abilidades atu foti desijaun. Dalabarak, ita rezolve konflitu ne’ebé iha ho dalan violénsia nian, maibe agora ha’u bele ona rezolve konflitu ho dalan lahó violénsia. Ha’u sei fahe informasaun sira ne’e ba ha’u nia família no kolega sira.”

Karik, istória ne’ebé susesu tebes hosi projetu ne’e maka feto sira agora sente kapasitadu atu hala’o sira nia negosiu rasik, sente enkoraja atu hola parte iha rezolusaun konflitu, no mos sira iha ona koñesimentu kona-ba violénsia-bazeia ba jéneru. Partisipantes lubuk ida maka iha ona inspirasaun atu buka tulun hosi organizasun lokal hodi apoia sira nia negosiu ki’ik hanesan loke loja suku ropa. Seluk hosi ne’e, partisipante barak maka hatete katak sira bele ona rezolve konflitu iha família no iha komunidade. Partisipante barak ne’ebé hola parte iha treinamentu ne’e mos hatudu ona mudansa barak ne’ebé evidente iha sira nia nível abilidade no koñesimentu hodi hahu sira nia negosiu rasik, no sente inspira atu kontribui iha komunidade.

Ho méritu no susesu hosi projetu pilotu ida ne’e, apoia atu kontinua projetu ne’e ba tinan ida ho balu no hetan suporta hosi Misereor, German Catholic Bishops’ Organization for Development Cooperation (organizasaun Katóliku hosi Alemaña), hamutuk ho fundu ki’ikoan hosi Embaixada Estadus Unidus da America ba Timor – Leste iha Munisipiu Bobonaro no iha Illa Atauro.

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