[TimorLesteStudies] New Article: Narciso & Henriques: Women and Land in Timor-Leste

Bu Wilson bu.wilson at anu.edu.au
Thu Mar 25 20:45:06 EST 2010

Narciso, Vanda and Henriques, Pedro. 2010 .Women and Land in Timor-Leste. Issues in Gender and Development. Indian Journal of Gender Studies, Vol 17 No 1, 49-72

 Women and Land in Timor-Leste
Issues in Gender and Development 
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     Gender and development being fundamental issues, it is important to  emphasise the role of women in rural development, gender–specific approaches  to development and women’s status in the national and  international legal systems. The main aim of this article is  to analyse the position of women in Timor-Leste by examining social  aspects, with an emphasis on gender roles, the family and  the community, access to natural resources and women’s status  within the legal system and traditional legal structures, with  special attention to land and women’s land rights. This  study is based on documentary sources and studies made by the  authors about Timor-Leste. The contribution of the women of  Timor-Leste to development is heavily constrained by the degree  of gender inequality present in traditional/customary law  and social practices, and in-equality of access to natural resources,  especially land. In overall terms, we would argue that the  Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) is one of the best approaches  to guarantee gender equality, and that this approach should  be considered in the formulation of rural policies and the  creation and implementation of rural development programmes and  projects in Timor-Leste. 



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