[TimorLesteStudies] ANU Seminar: Addressing Gender Health Inequalities in Timor-Leste 23 July

Bu V.E. Wilson bu.wilson at anu.edu.au
Wed Jun 3 13:00:00 EST 2009

Peace Research Network Seminar
 'Addressing Gender Health Inequalities in Timor-Leste :Governance Reform and The Right to Health '23/7/09
Thursday 23 July, 12 noon, Room 1.13 Coombs Extension Building.
Ms Clíonadh O'Keeffe, PhD Candidate, Global Women's Studies, School of Political Science and Sociology, National University of Ireland, Galway.

Progress in overcoming health inequalities experienced by women in post conflict Timor-Leste has been undermined by the failure of governance to attach sufficient weight to equality. To address this, the paper proposes the *Right to Health* framework which has marginalised groups, participation and accountability as its principle concerns and demands for structures and processes of accountability that are accessible, transparent, and that empower citizens to participate in planning, implementation and monitoring of their health care. The proposition is timely given the current context of governance reforms that *will not only make service delivery more effetive, but also increase participation of all people in government work* (Minister Leite 19/02/2009). However building meaningful participation of all actors is an enormously difficult process, particularly in post-conflict environments. The paper teases out and highlights the potential of the framework for East Timorese women*s participation in local health governance specifically the proposed municipalities structures at district level.


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