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Gender-based violence

In 2010, 38 per cent of women aged 15 to 49 in Timor-Leste reported that they had experienced physical violence, and 75 per cent of married women reported that violence had come from a partner. Despite strong policy reform and a dynamic role by civil society organizations, gaps between informal and formal justice mechanisms, capacity of service providers and implementation challenges, particularly in the health sector, indicate that violence against women and girls remains a significant problem throughout the country.

UNFPA Timor-Leste advocates and provides support for raising awareness of domestic violence. 

UNFPA Timor-Leste works to prevent and respond to gender-based violence through its work with policymakers, justice systems, health systems and humanitarian partners -- focusing on eliminating harmful practices, including child marriage, and helps to engage men and boys to advance gender equality.

Achievements include the formulation, adoption and implementation of the 2010 Law Against Domestic Violence, the strengthened capacity of the Secretariat of State for the Promotion of Equality to address gender issues, and prevent gender-based violence and the development of the National Action Plan on Gender-Based Violence.