Taur Matan Ruak: “we count on women, as agents of transformation and change in communities”

Taur Matan Ruak: “we count on women, as agents of transformation and change in communities”

Timor-Leste's women

DILI, 08 march 2022 (TATOLI) – The Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Taur Matan Ruak, congratulated all women today, within the scope of International Women’s Day, under the theme “Gender equality today, for a sustainable tomorrow”, recognizing the important role of women in national development, adaptation, mitigation and response to climate change.

Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak (Image Tatoli/Francisco Sony)

“To all women, national and foreign, who today celebrate International Women’s Day, a festive day of female power and strength, my sincere congratulations with the best wishes for health and family, academic, professional and social success. May God bless you with many happiness”, said the Head of Government, in a statement that Tatoli had access to.

Taur Matan Ruak acknowledged that climate change exacerbates the possibility of natural disasters and calamities.

He added that the world is increasingly interconnected and interdependent and that it is subject to crises such as the covid-19 pandemic. “Prevention, mitigation and combat increasingly depend on individual and collective cooperation, implemented in our country and internationally,” he said.

The Chief Executive considers that the economic and social challenges allow the creation of new opportunities in the construction of a technologically more modern and sustainable future.

According to Taur Matan Ruak, the challenges can jeopardize the implementation of gender-sensitive policies and vulnerability mitigation, such as eradicating poverty, combating malnutrition and access to essential basic services.

However, the Prime Minister stressed that “in all challenges, we count on women, as agents of transformation and change in the family, schools, work, companies and communities”.

The Head of Government also congratulated the women who assume leadership positions, “because they contribute scientific, ethical and moral knowledge to gender equality. They also act as protagonists in a more sustainable development”.

Journalist: Afonso do Rosário

Editor: Maria Auxiliadora/Rafy Belo

Translator: Camilio de Sousa


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