Self-Determination of Timorese women's in History of Timor-Leste’s Diplomacy

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Aniceto Guro-Berteni Neves MAPS, Titi Susilowati Prabawa, Pamerdi Giri Wiloso


This research article discusses the experiences of women’s roles in the history of public diplomacy and non-state actions that aimed to attained to the right to self-determination of the people of Timor-Leste. That the shared perception of women’s participation in the national liberation movement was equal between men and women throughout on the Diplomatic Front becomes a reference reflects to the historical reality. Women’s role in the Timor-Leste national resistance movement demonstrated their progress and modernity of women in contemporary society. History shows women in the Diplomatic Front represented human capital through their sentiments of nationalism, patriotism and the right to self-determination. This study reveals that the women of Timor-Leste had a clear sense of purpose and belonging, strength, valuable importance, visibility, and responsiveness, being visible, and the competence to create gender balance in the narrative of the history of the Timorese people’s struggle and that of future nation building onward

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