A recent survey on domestic violence indicates that 38 percent of Timorese women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15. Despite the 2010 law on domestic violence, it is estimated that 30 to 50 percent of Timorese women continue to suffer from abuse from their partners at some point in their relationship.
Currently 590 women work in the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL)-- that's 18 percent of the total police force.
“A lot of violent crimes in Timor-Leste are unfortunately gender-based, including sexual assault, physical assault, mental abuse, and economic oppression. We really need more women police. Victims feel more comfortable to talk to and report crimes to women police," said Umbelina Soares, the Assistant Superintendent of the National Police of Timor Leste.
Since 2013, we have been supporting the National Police of TImor-Leste to increase knowledge and staff capacity for information technology, human resources, procurement management, fleet management and public relations--all of which prioritizes the recruitment of more female police officers.