Date: October 23, 2020
Author: Silverio Beli-Siri Andrade da Silva
Between September and October 2020, ACbit and a team of consultants traveled to the four districts of Ainaro, Baucau, Dili, and Oé-cusse, to conduct a survey with women survivors from past conflict and victims of gender base violence in local communities.
The purpose of the activity was to collect information about the life experiences of women survivors and the microenterprise activities that they carried out.
Through this valuable opportunity, the team was able to hear directly from women survivors that ACbit had identified in the four districts. The women survivors actively participated in FGDs, attended interviews, and completed data collection surveys. They shared information about their level of education, level and sources of income, access to the market, and how they managed their businesses.
The local community members and leaders also shared their input about their satisfaction in consuming the products sold by the women survivors.
These active contributions were important, as local communities have an irreplaceable role as the direct support system of the reintegration and the improvement of women survivors’ lives.
The data collection is a part of the “Reforsa Hamutuk” project conducted by ACbit in collaboration with Fokupers and Hivos, funded by the European Union in Timor-Leste, to promote social inclusion and economic development of women victims of gender-based violence and victims of past conflicts in Timor-Leste.
The information gathered will now be analyzed and used to ensure that the program implemented can contribute in improving the economic lives of these women survivors.