Alola Foundation and UNFPA launch report on unplanned pregnancies and unsafe abortions

Dili, 09 June, 2009-- The improvement in the quality of life of Timorese women and their families is the objective that Alola Foundation, supported by UNFPA, expects after launching the report, “Maternal MortalityUnplanned Pregnancy and Unsafe Abortion in Timor-Leste: A Situation Analysis.” The launch of this publication took place on Tuesday 3 June at the Alola Foundation installation, and was attended by Kirsty Gusmao, Chairwoman of Fundasaun Alola, Dr. Hernando Agudelo, UNFPA Country Representative and Eng. Idelta Maria Rodrigues, Secretary of State for the Promotion of Equality (SEPI). 

This research, carried out by the Charles Darwin University with the endorsement of the Ministries of Justice and Health, will offer to the Government and to the people in Timor-Leste tangible facts regarding the occurrence and practice of unsafe abortion in the country. 

“With this study in Timor-Leste, we wanted to show this reality -women may die because of unsafe abortion- within the Timorese society and give to the society a tool for reflection, for taking informed decisions at this point time of its history where the parliament and the government were taking the decision on how to deal with this controversial issue, this study shows that there are unwanted pregnancies and therefore a necessity to ensure country wide access toFamily Planning services” added Dr. Agudelo. 

Due to their continuous work debating on the issues of abortion and the reproductive health of mothers, Alola and other women’s organizations have been branded as pro-abortion by certain institutions in the country. Ms. Kirsty Gusmao, in her speech referring to this regard, specifically after the publication of this report, appoints: “Such public defamation is inappropriate and offensive to our organizations which have worked tirelessly to free the women of Timor-Leste from a life of violence, ignorance, poor health and poverty… We must not turn a blind eye to the reality of women’s lives, to their sexuality, to their experiences of violence in their homes and communities, just because the reality does not sit nicely with the image of Timorese culture we would like portray to the world.” 

This publication will be used as an advocacy tool in lobbying for women's full access to quality medical care and family planning services and the full realization of their reproductive rights. 

For more information, contact Mariano Redondo, UNFPA, Tel: +670 7346517, Email: 

Alita Verdial – Alola Foundation, Tel: +670 7239337, Email: 

Fundasaun Alola ho UNFPA hala’o lansamentu relatóriu kona-ba isin rua lahó planu no abortu la seguru


Mudansa ba kualidade moris feto Timoroan sira no sira-nia família mak sai hanesan objetivu ida-ne’ebé Fundasaun Alola no UNFPA hein husi lansamentu relatóriu hanaran “Mortalidade Inan, Isin-rua ne’ebé Lahó Planu no Abortu La Seguru iha Timor-Leste:  Análize ba Situasaun”. Lansamentu relatóriu ida-ne’e hala’o iha loron 3 fulan Juñu iha edifísiu Fundasaun Alola nian, ho prezensa Kirsty Gusmao, nu'udar Prezidente Fundasaun Alola; Dr. Hernando Agudelo, Reprezentativu UNFPA ba Timor-Leste no Eng. Idelta Maria Rodrigues, Sekretáriu Estadu ba Promosaun Igualdade (SEPI). 
Peskiza ida-ne’e, hala’o husi Universidade Charles Darwin ho apoiu husi Ministériu Justisa no Ministériu Saúde, sei fornese ba Governu no povu Timor-Leste faktu sira ne’ebé tanjivel kona-ba akontesimentu no pratika abortu ne’ebé la seguru iha nasaun ne’e. 
“Ho estudu ida iha Timor-Leste ne’e, ami hakarak hatudu realidade ida-ne’e – katak feto sira sei bele mate tan de’it ba abortu la seguru – iha sosiedade Timor-Leste nia laran no fó ba sosiedade instrumentu ida atu halo reflesaun, fó desizaun ne’ebé  di’ak iha tempu ida-ne’e tanba Parlamentu no Governu foti hela desizaun kona-ba oinsá atu haree asuntu kontroversiál ida-ne’e, estudu ida ne’e hatudu katak akontese duni isin-rua lahó hakarak no tanba ne’e iha nesesidade ida atu garante asesu ba  Servisu Planeamentu Família iha nasaun tomak” Dr. Agudelo hateten. 

Tanba sira serbisu beibeik hodi debate asuntu abortu no inan sira-nia saúde reprodutivu, Alola no organizasaun feto nia sira seluk hetan reputasaun nu'udar organizasaun ne'ebé pro-abortu husi instituisaun balu iha rai ne’e. Sra. Kirsty Gusmao, iha ninia diskursu kona-ba asuntu ida-ne’e, espesifikamente hafoin publika relatóriu ne’e, hatete katak: “difamasaun públiku hanesan ne’e la apropriadu no respeita ami-nia organizasaun ne'ebé servisu beibeik hodi halivre feto Timoroan husi moris ne'ebé nakonu ho violénsia, ignoránsia, saúde la di’ak no kiak … Ita la bele ignora realidade ne'ebé feto balu hasoru, kona-ba sira-nia seksualidade, sira-nia esperiénsia relasiona ho violénsia iha uma no komunidade, tanba de’it realidade ne’e la konkorda ho imajen kona-ba kultura Timor-Leste ne'ebé ita hakarak hatudu ba mundu.” 

Publikasaun ida-ne’e sei utiliza hanesan materia Advokasia nian hodi bele influensia ba feto-sira ninia asesu tomak ba kualidade kuidadu medikamentu no servisus planeamentu familiar nian no realizasaun kompletu ba sira-nia direitu reproduktivu nian.    

Atu hetan informasaun barak liu tan, favor ida kontakta, Mariano Redondo, UNFPA, Tel: +670 7346517, Email: 

Alita Verdial, Fundasaun Alola, Tel: +670 7239337, Email:

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