YWCA Australia

Bringing Opportunity to Young Women in Timor-Leste

Young women in Timor-Leste are part of a fast growing population with 55% under 20 years old and one of the highest fertility rates in the world. Many will have their life options and opportunities limited by a requirement to fulfil household domestic duties rather than attend school. Consequently many young women face early marriage, a life of childbearing and domestic duties, including looking after their young siblings until they have their own children.

YWCA Australia is part of the global YWCA movement that is active in 125 countries including over 30 countries in the Asia Pacific Region. Through the work of a dedicated and passionate volunteer group of YWCA women in Australia with strong links to Timor Leste, the idea of a YWCA in Timor Leste was conceived in the early 2000s. A local group of young Timorese women have been working passionately since 2011 to establish the YWCA in Timor Leste.

In 2014 the YWCA Timor Leste was formerly established and is run by volunteers. Seed funding has been provided through community fundraising in Australia to assist with the establishment to date but now more substantial resources are required to continue the momentum that has been achieved. The World YWCA has provided some assistance through funding from the Australian Federal Government for training opportunities.

Four communities have started to develop local YWCA young women's clubs. These are seeking funding to start local small scale initiatives which will enhance the skills and opportunities of young women in their communities. The fundraising target for 2014-2015 is $20,000 for activities involving an estimated 200 young women.

Activities planned are:
  • Leadership and organisational skills training including education and travel bursaries/scholarships for young Timorese women to attend the World YWCA Council Meeting - $4,000 will fund one Timorese Young Woman to attend this program in Bangkok October 20'15. Up to three stipends ($12,000 total) will be offered to create a cohort of young women who can share and translate their collective experience on their return to Timor Leste.
  • Vocational Training and activity programs - $8,000 for the next 12 months will support up to 200 young women participants in the following classes:
  • Tetun literacy classes for young women who left school early
  • Mothers' group for teenage mothers to share and support each other
  • Sports activities for young women and competitions between clubs
  • Gender and human rights training and knowledge of Timor-Leste's laws
  • English language classes.
Your support, large or small, will ensure that the newly established YWCA Timor Leste will continue to develop and thrive, building capacity of young women to access leadership and training opportunities and grow a sustainable and self-determining future.

Are donations tax deductible?
Unfortunately, funding for overseas activities supported by the YWCA Australia do not currently attract tax deductibility.

Once your donation is processes, you will receive a confirmation letter.


Contact Details

GPO Box 2082

(02) 6230 5150
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Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.

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