UN Women and MoEYS agree to implement a gender equality program in 45 schools

UN Women and MoEYS agree to implement a gender equality program in 45 schools

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DILI, 24 august 2022 (TATOLI) – The United Nations Women Organization (UNW) and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS) signed an agreement to implement ‘The gender Based Violence (GBV)’ program in 45 schools in five municipalities consisting of Baucau, Bobonaro, Covalima, Dili, Ermera, and Oécusse Ambeno.

The Agreement was signed between the Director-General of MoEYS, António Pires, and the head of UN Women, Amy Nishtha Satyam at the Novo Turismo Hotel wednesday.

Speaking after the agreement, Director Pires said, this program will provide more knowledge about the prevention of Gender-Based Violence in the school environment between students and teachers.

”This program helps to create a healthy school environment for teaching activities in schools among students and teachers as well as to ensure the state is without discrimination against children and women in schools and at home” Director General, António Pires, told reporters at Novo Turismo, this Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Head of UN Women, Amy Nishtha Satyam said the mentality of students and teachers would be relaxed through the implementation of this gender equality program.

“This program is intended to help students, school officials, and teachers feel free from violence at school and home, enhancing the comprehension of the consequences of violence as well as promoting mutual respect and gender equality, therefore MoEYS and UN Women agreed to strengthen the commitment to the implementation of the program,” said Amy Nishtha Saty.

This program will be implemented from 2022 to 2024 to empower all schools to respond to Gender-Based Violence.

“This program will be benefited 900 students, 900 parents, and 150 teachers,”

So far the program has been implemented since 2018 in three schools in Dili and Liquica, through the UN Women and MoEYS partnership, and funding from the European Union’s Spotlight program.

In the previous 2020, the program had benefited more than 450 students, 450 parents, and 30 teachers in the municipalities of Bobonaro, Ermera, and Viqueque.



Journalist: Jose Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Nelia B.



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