Letter to the United Nations on Women and Upcoming East Timor Elections

Thursday, March 1, 2001
Charles Scheiner, National Coordinator, East Timor Action Network
South Eastern Asia
East Timor

In one of the world's most remarkable examples of struggle and success, the people of East Timor are at long last moving towards full independence for their country, in partnership with the United Nations. The National Council of East Timor recently approved recommendations for this process, which the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) will shortly decide whether to approve. One Council recommendation with wide support from women's groups and other elements of East Timorese civil society requires that at least 30 percent of candidates in the upcoming elections be women. We are writing to express our strong support for this recommendation.

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