[TimorLesteStudies] Fwd: First published article on new masculinity research in Timor-Leste

Sara Niner saraniner at gmail.com
Tue Feb 10 16:37:37 AEDT 2015

Dear TLSA Colleagues

Please find a newly published article about masculinity in Timor-Leste.

Attitudes and Perceptions of Young Men towards Gender Equality and Violence
in Timor-Leste
*Journal of International Women's Studies*, 16(2) (2015), 312-329.

Available at: http://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol16/iss2/20

This article examines attitudes and perceptions of young men toward gender
relations and gender-based violence in post-conflict Timor-Leste. A high
level of domestic violence is reported and a law against domestic violence
has been passed in recent years. In 2013, a research team surveyed almost
500 young men using the Gender-Equitable Men (GEM) Scale in both rural and
urban contexts. It was found that young men become less gender equitable as
they get older, and the environment they grow up in influences their gender
attitudes. Existing contradictions and tensions between national government
policy and local customary practices are well-known, and these are
reflected in young men’s acceptance of general principles of gender
equality, which is unmatched by their willingness to accept more equitable
gender relations in their own lives. Of concern was the level of young
men’s acceptance of sexual harassment and forced sex. Mechanisms are
required to influence young men’s attitudes to gender equality and intimate
partner relations in school programs and other arenas as a priority.​
​The published Final Report of this research can be found here:* 2013
Baseline Study: Attitudes and perceptions on gender and masculinities of
youth in Timor-Leste*
more information please go to:

*A new study of masculinities in Timor-Leste*

A recording of a public Seminar we held last year on *Masculinity and links
to gender inequality and violence in Timor-Leste & Indonesia*

Please contact me if you have any questions about this work or would like
to collaborate

I will be in East Timor in March and July for research work.

All best wishes, Sara


*Dr. Sara Niner* Lecturer & Researcher
*Monash University *| School of Social Sciences | Anthropology
* P*hone: +61 3 99024139
*E*mail: sara.niner at monash.edu
* L*ocation: Menzies Building 11, 4th Floor, East Wing, Room E470
*P*ost: Monash University, Building 11 (E470), Clayton, Victoria, 3800,
* W*eb: http://profiles.arts.monash.edu.au/sara-niner/

Monash University's Australian campuses are proudly on Kulin land. Monash
University acknowledges and pays respects to the Kulin people, including
elders past and present.

*Sara L. Niner*
Australia 0417 357 298
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