Date: August 31, 2021
Life skills refer to a set of important knowledge, attitudes, and ability that help promote mental well-being and competence. In May 2021, ACbit, together with representatives of other local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and focal points from seven districts in Timor-Leste, participated in a training of trainers (TOT) held virtually through Zoom by Hivos on this topic.
As a follow-up of the ToT, on the 15th and 16th of July 2021, ACbit then collaborated with colleagues in Uma Pas Baucau to hold a Life Skills training for 25 women survivors of past conflict and victims of gende-based violence (GBV) in Baucau.
Aiming to build the women’s capacity to support autonomy, increase confidence, and reduce self-blaming, the training included various topics such as mental health, nutrition, family budgeting, sexual and reproductive health, COVID-19, and women’s leadership. This activity was part of the Reforsa Hamutuk project, a 30-month project funded by the European Union and the Norwegian Embassy, with implementations conducted by Hivos, ACbit, and Fokupers, to promote social inclusion and economic development of women survivors and victims of violence in Timor-Leste. Other than in Baucau, ACbit will also held similar training for women in shelters in Dili, Ainaro, and Oecusse. ***