Gendered Marketplace Assessment
Marketplaces are extremely important for women’s livelihoods. Women make up the vast majority of marketplace vendors in Timor-Leste, with an estimated 75%-90% of vendors estimated to be women.
The purpose of this project was to identify and analyse the various concerns and opportunities for improvement, from the perspective of women vendors themselves. The research found that as workplaces, marketplaces are often sites of sexual harassment/abuse, and lacking in basic facilities such as toilets and running water, all of which limit women vendors’ ability to work with dignity and earn an adequate income.
The research was conducted across four municipal and sub-municipal marketplaces in Timor-Leste: Maliana, Atabai, Baucau and Venilale, from 2018 to early 2019. The approach was participatory, conducting a series of workshops with women vendors and government/civil society stakeholders to analyse the main contributing factors, and develop a basic advocacy strategy to address these concerns with Municipal government service providers.
This project was conducted from mid-2018 to early 2019.