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OUR COMMUNITY PEACE BUILDING PROJECT
Timor-Leste - Today
During the years of Indonesian occupation and the violence of 1999 forced hundreds of thousands of Timorese to flee within and out of Timor-Leste. This was due to violations of their civil, political, economic, social, cultural and human rights suffered from intimidation, persecution, forced migration, rape, forced military service, torture, murder and harassment. High levels of violence have been experienced by women.
ESTABLISHEDin 1967, AUSTCARE is a not-for-profit, independent and secular Australian non-government organisation.
OUR MISSIONis to assist refugees overseas, displaced people and those affected by landmines to rebuild their lives through the expert delivery of development programs in partnership with local communities and other agencies.
HAS SUPPORTEDthe people of East-Timor since 1981 and has strengthened a permanent presence in Dili showing commitment to positive engagement with the people of Timor-Leste.
(Peace Building - Bobonaro)
(The Program in Action)
AUSTCARE’s Peace Building Project manager, Mr Agostino de Deus, describes the situation that Timorese people have faced:
“Many people were killed before and after the referendum, particularly during Indonesian occupation. After the referendum much sexual violence was committed. During the violence people even killed members of their own family…this makes me feel very, very sad. The peace building is important for Timor-Leste because people have been affected by conflict. People need to reconcile, people need to live in peace. Children and women have particularly been affected by violence, our community needs to heal.”
Increasing women’s participation by:
- the use of women’s networks;
- establishing women only groups when appropriate;
- the development of gender sensitive facilitation skills of trainers; - accessible locally based sessions held at appropriate times;
- an open learning environment enabling children to attend if necessary.
Recognising Women as peace builders- UN resolution 1352.
AUSTCARE meeting with Field Officer Lopez
The project is implemented with the Department of Education, Bobonaro and supported by AUSTCARE’s team of Timorese and Australian project managers.
Like all AUSTCARE projects, community and cultural sensitivity is at the heart of The Community Peace Building Project.
This project was developed in a way which incorporates such sensitivity and awareness. It was developed and implemented in conjunction with Timorese nationals and in response to identified human security issues in post conflict Timor-Leste society.
“Peace must be built, peace cannot be made! Only when society begins to build itself gradually will peace establish itself on solid foundations and, with time, be consolidated!”
H.E. Presidente Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao on the occasion of the launch of the Peace and Democracy Foundation
Dili, 14 December 2002