The Working Women’s Centre Timor Leste is building the collective power of women in Timor Leste through a new community outreach program that shares knowledge of workplace rights with vulnerable women workers.
On the twentieth anniversary of Timor Leste’s independence, Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA attended the official celebrations, where the Australian union movement was recognised for the important role it played during the independence campaign.
This year the Working Women’s Centre took to the streets with hundreds of Timorese Domestic Workers to celebrate International Domestic Workers Day and restate their demands to the Timorese government for dignity and rights at work.
When Elisabeth de Arajujo meets with domestic workers in the Timorese capital of Dili, she tells them: “you are a worker as me, I am also a worker – all of us are in the same position, so we have to come together to fight for better conditions.”
May Day 2019 in Dili was the biggest, loudest and best May Day ever with the largest number of workers in decades taking to the streets.