Why is it important to support the economic development and social inclusion of women survivors and victims of past conflict and gender-based violence? ACbit worked to raise public awareness on this issue by screening three short films on the 18 of May 2022 in Baucau. The film-screening was part of the commemoration event for Timor-Leste Restoration of Independence Day that ACbit held in collaboration with the Baucau Municipal Authority.
A total of 108 audience attended the screening that was followed by a discussion on how to promote the economic and social inclusion of women survivors and victims of gender-based violence. The panelists in the discussion were Ms. Domingas Soares Nunes, the Focal Point of SEII (State Secretary of Equality and Inclusion) in Baucau, Mr. Delfin Rordão Xavier, the Coordinator of Victim Association in Baucau, and Mr. Julio “Farkhus” Pinto, the Village Chief of Laisorulai de Baixo.
Cerilio Moreira da Costa student from Baucau as a participant stated that “Through this film helped me to know and how to support the activities of women survivors, on how they are doing their business to have dairy income and become independent, and the conclusion and important lessons are don’t discriminate women, end violence against women and people with LGBTIQ”.
The screening was part of the Reforsa Hamutuk project, a 33-month project funded by the European Union to promote social inclusion and economic development of women survivors and victims of violence in Timor-Leste.