Women’s Empowerment

equity and equality for women

Timor-Leste is one of the most food insecure countries in the world. The country also faces challenges with high unemployment rates and few employment opportunities outside agriculture.

Women also tend to be more illiterate and have little say in decisions made by the community. Because of this, it is difficult for the women of Timor-Leste to support their families and be active members of their communities. 

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In communities, women have little influence in decision making and the ability to generate income independently. 

Here are some of the ways that we’re helping encourage and strengthen the empowerment of women:

 – Establishing women’s groups

 – Trainings in cooking local foods and developing healthy recipes to promote nutrition

 – Selling food products to local restaurants

 – Establishing a Tempeh production franchise business concept for female entrepreneurs

 – Creating programming accessible to those with low literacy rates

 – Establishing savings and loans groups in remote communities

 – Trainings in financial literacy and business development


Hakbi'it Feto (Empower Women)


The Hakbi’it-Feto Project is a collaborative project between ADRA Austria, ADRA Timor-Leste and Rede Feto Timor-Leste with the key objective to empower women socially and economically through strengthening women-focused Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). This project is funded by the European Union and co-funded by the Austrian Development Agency and ADRA Austria.


Nutritious Food Enterprises


The ‘Nutritious Food Enterprises’ project funded by ADRA International, worked with women’s groups to experiment with cooking local foods to develop healthy recipes that promote nutritious food choices and diet diversity. 

Three groups in Carabalo, Luca and Uma Tolu communities were targeted to develop tempeh, a soybean cake that offers a valuable source of protein and is popular to eat. The business was expanded into a franchise where women were able to earn money and contribute to the wellbeing of their families. 



CSO Focus – United Women for Development Association Baucau

Bendita and her family live in Baucau, Timor-Leste. She is one of the founders of United Women for Development Association (Asosiasaun Feto ba Dezenvolvimentu/AUFD) a Civil Society Organisation established in 2008. Bendita has lead this woman focused organization as executive director for five years, since 2016.

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European Union supports the “Empower Women” project

“Hakbiit Feto” – Empower Women – is a new European Union-funded project, implemented by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in collaboration with Rede Feto and the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), aiming to strengthen Timorese civil society organizations (CSOs) to operate effectively to support development and women’s social and economic empowerment.

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