Feb, ChildFund Pass it Back coach, Timor-Leste
Seventeen-year-old Feb is using the skills she learned through ChildFund’s sports for development program to change the perception of girls in Timor-Leste.
“In Timor-Leste, there is no gender equality,” she says. “We still use this ancient system where opportunities are given to boys or men. There are less opportunities in terms of education and jobs for girls and women. Women have no opportunity to lead; they just know how to cook.
“What I would like to change in Timor-Leste is this ancient system; we have to give opportunities for girls and women so they can develop themselves and they can become leaders.”
Feb has applied to become a member of the Youth Parliament in Timor-Leste. Her motive? “I want to raise the issue of gender equality,” Feb says. “I want equal opportunities for girls and boys in Timor-Leste.”
Young leaders like Feb are paving the way for a new generation of girls in Timor-Leste.