Looking at Women’s Leadership in the Timor-Leste Post-conflict Recovery

Gizella Da Silva, Helen McLaren, Cassandra Star

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Timor Leste experienced decades of conflict with Indonesia. In 1999 the United Nations facilitated a popular consultation in which the people of Timor-Leste voted to separate its governance from Indonesia. Following years of transition, Timor-Leste became an independent Nation. During the conflict women held a variety of roles in the guerrilla army. They fought side-by-side with men, performed supply logistics, engaged reconnoiter activities and more. Many women were leaders in these roles, including to the commander level. However, when the conflict was over, women’s leadership changed.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventThe 5th World Conference on Women's Studies: Activism, Solidarity and Diversity: Feminist Movements Toward Global Sisterhood - Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 25 Apr 201927 Apr 2019


ConferenceThe 5th World Conference on Women's Studies
Abbreviated titleWCWS 2019


  • Timor-Leste
  • conflict with Indonesia
  • women
  • leadership post-conflict
  • innovation


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