Feto iha Kbiit Servisu Hamutuk (FKSH)
Women have power when working Together
'A Nation is Built on Equality'
FKSH works with people isolated from cities, and has the intention to contribute to social, economic and cultural well-being of those groups. FKSH has a particular focus on women's issues. FKSH was established in August 2002 by 4 young Timorese women who each had over two years experience in operating similar organizations. Today the organization has 8 staff, 5 board of advisers, and delivers programs to women and youth in 4 districts of Timor-Leste.
The colonization of Timor-Leste had many negative effects on women's rights which included discrimination and gender based violence against women. In addition to these, traditional Timorese culture itself is often patriarchal. Women were already subordinate to men in every aspect of Timorese life. As a result of the patriarchal system, controlling women became even more dependent socially, economically and politically on this male-dominated system.
Timor-Leste became independent in 1999, there has been a significant push for the rights and freedom of all Timorese people regardless of their gender. However, in moving forward, particular focus needs to be given to the rights of women.
In Timor-Leste today, the patriarchal mentality still prevails and women do have equal access to decision making. If women's capacity and empowerment becomes a key focus for national development, then women will have a larger part in shaping Timor-Leste for future generations.
Last modified: 11/25/10