January 2018

Victim-blaming perpetuates violence against women in Timor-Leste

[Photo taken by Xian Warner for The Asia Foundation]

Written by Xian Warner

A few months ago, while I was finishing up my morning bike ride before work, a guy in a black and red hoodie on a motorbike came up behind me, reached around, and grabbed my breast, then sped off down the road. It was 7:30 am and this was a bustling (by Dili standards) street at peak hour. No one said anything. No one did anything. I, myself, was in too much shock to yell. I tried to pedal as fast as I could to catch up to him but my bicycle was no match for his motorbike.

Measuring taboo topics: List randomization for gender-based violence

(UNICEF/UN076725/Delil Souleiman; A community outreach volunteer meets with a woman and several children in a large tented space in the Ain Issa camp for internally displaced children and their families near Raqqa, Syria.)

This was first published by UNICEF - Innocenti. Permission to publish on the SVRI Blog was given by the authors.