East Timor Women managed to secure a seat of 26 percent in the Assembly elections of 2001.The history of East Timor gives a traumatic account of East Timor and also of the establishment of the Timor Loro Saes Women's Political Caucus and Women's Charter of Rights. These organizations were significant landmarks in the history of East Timor regarding the development of Timorese women.
During the conflicts and the riots which occurred in the country in the year 1974 East Timor Women had to undergo a lot of suppression and this resulted in them playing an active role in a society which brought in active participation in the fields of arms resistance and secret independent groups.
East Timor Women used to smuggle arms, medicines, food and messages to the troops who use to hide in the deep terrains of the mountains. East Timor women who live in the village areas are extremely poverty struck and also lack adequate care regarding health related problems. The maternity care which is being provided to them does not measure upto standard quality.
The widows and the single mothers who constitute a part of the East Timor Women are very much neglected in society and do not receive proper help from the government. This negligence has led to various kinds of social evils which are quite visible in the streets of Dili which includes child labor and prostitution.
East Timor Women have also been affected by the problem of domestic violence and the main accusations in this aspect come from their own husbands and brothers.