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A Training that Gave Values: ACbit Held a Life Skills Training for Women in Dili

Date: September 07, 2021

Can a training increase a sense of self-worth? The answer is yes. That was what felt by some of the 28 participants of a Life Skills training held by ACbit in Dili on the 12th and 13th of August 2021.

Intended for women survivors of past conflict and victims of gender-based violence (GBV) in shelters, the training was facilitated by ACbit, along with trainers from Fundasaun Ahisaun and Casa Vida, as a follow-up of the training of trainers (ToT) that they received from Hivos in May 2021.

The aims were to provide capacity building in life skills to support the women’s autonomy, increase their confidence, and reduce self-blaming

“This training gave me values, and I am very happy because, through this two-days training, I can improve my life skills. I will apply them into my life and my family. Also, I believe that the lessons about trauma that I have learned will help me to move on from the situations I faced in my life,” said Mana Bendita da Costa Pires, one of the participants in Dili.

This activity is part of the Reforsa Hamutuk project, a 30-month project funded by the European Union, and implemented by Hivos, ACbit, and Fokupers, to promote social inclusion and economic development of women survivors and victims of violence in Timor-Leste.

As part of the project, ACbit is working to provide similar training for more women victims of past conflict and GBV that are in the shelter or who have accessed services related to violence against women in the four districts of Ainaro, Dili, Baucau, and Oé-cusse. ***

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