THE EQUALITY INSTITUTE, SUPPORTED BY THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT’S NABILAN (ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN) PROGRAM
Bin-Alin Hakbi’it Malu (Sisters Empowering Each Other) Feminist Leadership PilotAccess / Download
In Dili, Timor-Leste, EQI has piloted a new feminist leadership incubator, providing a transformational space of co-learning and self- and collective-care.Access / Download
From January-November 2021, Bin-Alin Hakbi’it Malu (BAHM Phase 1) supported 16 Timorese feminists, activists, and leaders to enhance their confidence, leadership qualities, self- and collective- care skills, and knowledge foundation in feminism.
We worked in partnership with The Australian Government’s Nabilan (Ending Violence against Women and Children) Program.
BAHM Phase 1 used intersectional feminist approaches to build a leadership program that centred the needs of feminists and activists in low resource settings as individuals.
The program opened and closed with in-person retreats to build trust and community and take a trauma-informed approach of centring the wellbeing of participants.
A feminist curriculum, co-mentoring, and spaces for critical reflection, self and community care, helped to build connections across diverse sectors, which, some participants reported, resulted in personal transformations.
It used low-cost techniques, such as facilitated analysis, breathwork, gratitude practices, and self-reflection, and reimagined Timorese feminism, ritual, and tradition in new and empowering ways.
Activists and feminist leaders are crucial in achieving gender equality and preventing gender-based violence. Yet in Timor-Leste, and globally, resourcing for the people behind these movements is scarce.
Many feminists and activists live with high rates of burnout, and personal and vicarious trauma, and competitive funding cycles create divisions, rather than strengthening the feminist movement.
This pilot was the first of a series of initiatives EQI is developing, trialling new approaches to support feminist leaders most affected by gender inequality and violence against women and girls.
The success of these methods applies to various contexts across the Timorese civil society sector and abroad.
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