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ACbit’s Way to Enhance Women Survivors’ Capacity

Date: November 15, 2021

“I feel so happy because ACbit try their best to find a way for us (survivors) to enhance our capacity more in understanding topics like leadership and financial management through this two-day training. I will share (the knowledge) to my fellow women and family, and implement it to our daily life” said Lucilia da Silva, a survivor from Lakoto, Dili in a life skill training conducted by ACbit in Nahaek, on 18-19 October 2021.

Before Nahaek, the training in Dili was also conducted in Farol on 14-15 October 2021.  The aims of the training were to provide capacity building in life skills to support the women’s autonomy, increase their confidence, and reduce self-blaming.

In total, 50 participants attended the two training. They were women survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) currently staying in shelters, women survivors of past conflict violence, and adult children of the women survivors.

These activities were part of the Reforsa Hamutuk project, a 30-month project funded by the European Union, 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.

Similar training had previously been held several times in Ainaro, Baucau, and other areas in Dili. ACbit plans to also held similar training for women in shelters in Oecusse, aiming to have provided the capacity building to 325 Timorese women by November 2021.

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