ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT AND CONFLICT PREVENTION -
WCI began working in Timor-Leste in 2015, building the capacity of local organizations to empower women under the U.S. Department of State’s Global Women, Peace, and Security Initiative. WCI's inaugural program focused on peace building and women's empowerment by working with local NGO Ba Futuru to train rural women in financial and business literacy, peace building, community mobilization, and conflict prevention. Each of the 91 participants left trainings with an action plan on how to acheieve their professional, personal, and family goals.
In addition to the trainings, with the support of SAGE Publications, WCI and Ba Futuru put on six community theater productions. These productions conveyed difficult messages about women's equality and conflict mitigation. These productions reached over 2,250 men, women, and youth, including community leaders such as vice administrators, police commanders, and village chiefs.