Strong activism and leadership by women in Timor-Leste led to the introduction of electoral quotas. This was a great victory in the struggle for gender justice in the new nation but must be understood as a quantitative victory rather than qualitative or substantive participation by women in political institutions and processes. International experience has shown that quotas may have little impact on traditional inequitable gender regimes that exist within political parties, parliaments and wider society. This presentation will discuss the cultural, social and historical factors affecting women’s political representation in Timor-Leste including perceptions of women’s legitimacy to lead at both national and local council or suku level.
Biography: To come