Women in Timor-Leste are estimated to own nearly half of all micro-enterprises, with many actively involved in trading, selling their produce to the market, and managing kiosks; however, as the 'Timor-Leste Gender and Investment Climate Reform Assessment' [PDF] illustrates, women professionals and entrepreneurs face several challenges in doing business in Timor-Leste.
Many women are excluded from national policy dialogue discussions where significant private sector reform processes occur. Another difficulty for women is accessing justice, as well as acquiring land.
Providing women with greater access to information and education in these core areas will enable them to realize their full potential as business women and contributors to their communities.
In the Pacific region, women's ability to access and control income, and exert decision making power is yet to be fully realized.
The Gender and Investment Climate Reform Assessments for Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga and Vanuatu examines this issue by analyzing the constraints women in business face and provides recommendations for IFC to incorporate into its investment climate reform programs to reduce the gender specific obstacles.
For more information, view the Executive Summary.
To learn more about the women's individual stories of entrepreneurship, view Economic Opportunities for Women in the Pacific.