Indonesia invaded East Timor (Timor-Leste) in 1975. The widespread rape and sexual assault of women went largely unpunished during the military occupation. Patriarchal attitudes are prevalent today. Since independence, Timor-Leste has made serious efforts to improve gender equality through policy reform, legislation, institutional mechanisms and public awareness campaigns. Equality for women is enshrined in the Constitution, but gender-based violence is widespread. Timor-Leste was a Portuguese colony for centuries and then occupied by Indonesia before it achieved independence in 1999 and, finally self-rule in 2002. Timor-Leste is not listed on the Global Gender Gap Index for 2016. Timor-Leste acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 2003. East Timor has not signed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). During the 2015 October Security Council Open Debate, East Timor didn't make any statements affirming support for the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and the WPS Agenda holistically. In 2015, $37 million was spent by East Timor on its military. Even though a National Action Plan on the Implementation of Resolution 1325 (2000) in East Timor has been announced; it has not been made public yet. Women peace activists in Timor-Leste work to ensure the movement of the peace and democratization process forward with a special focus on youth engagement, women empowerment, increasing citizen access to justice, strengthening good governance and civil society, and media programming.