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Feto Enjineru (Women in Engineering), Timor-Leste

  • Organisation:

    Engineers Without Borders

  • ABN or Auspicing Organisation:

    13 103 896 920 

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  • Target Groups:

    Business Professionals


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Project Information

  • Project Commencement Date:
  • 01 Jun 2017
  • Project Completion Date:
  • 01 Jun 2019
  • What issues are addressed?:
  • Diversity is known to be a key factor in successfully tackling complex problems, such as those outlined in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With the requirement of collective action and recognition, engineers will have a crucial role to play in addressing social, environmental, and economic components of the SDGs. It is now more important than ever to ameliorate the lack of diversity in the engineering industry.

    Gender inequality in Timor-Leste is significant, and barriers are high for women’s active participation in social, economic and political affairs, including their participating in engineering and technical related roles and engineering projects. The advantage of women’s increased participation in related disciplines includes the development of more appropriate solutions that benefit the whole community and address the broader need for diversity.
  • Project Description:
  • Engineers Without Borders aims to strengthen support for the establishment and development of the Feto Enjineru (FE) (Women in Engineering) group in Timor-Leste.

    FE started in October 2014, and was founded by eight women from different engineering backgrounds. FE is a group of volunteers that gather female engineers in Timor-Leste through initiatives to share ideas, experiences, inspiration and activities for the development of the country. FE also strives to empower female engineers, raise awareness of gender inequality in Timor-Leste, and encourage girls to consider careers in non-traditional areas, such as engineering.

    FE works with Engineers Without Borders Australia’s (EWB) broader program, which is engaging the engineering and technical sector in Timor-Leste. EWB supports the technical and professional skills development of Timorese engineers, including members of FE, with the aim to improve professional skills, capacity, accountability and practical competencies of emerging leaders.

    The first 12 months of the project will focus on establishing the FE group and building members' skills, and will explore a sustainable business model to sustain the group on a long-term basis.
  • Alleviating suffering / disadvantage?:
  • Women’s participation in engineering and technical sectors in Timor-Leste is less than 30%, limiting diversity and inclusivity in the sector, and preventing the development of appropriate solutions for the whole community. By educating school children and offering role models for women to take up study in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), we can work to overcome challenges that are currently affecting women’s participation in the sector.
  • Changing Policy, Practices & Systems?:
  • This project supports women to take on technical and influential roles, promoting female leadership, and challenging the existing barriers facing women’s participation in technical sectors. Improving diversity in the technical sector also encourages diversity in the development of appropriate solutions for communities’ essential services and infrastructure, ensuring different needs are addressed.
  • Investing in or empowering women?:
  • This project invests in and empowers girls and women in Timor-Leste to become involved in engineering and to play a role in creating a better future for Timor-Leste.
  • Media / Promotion?:
  • EWB promotes events through Facebook pages to increase the Timor-Leste membership base; EWB also promotes the program through blog posts (, articles (, and through EWB’s social networks.
  • How is success evaluated / measured?:
  • Success is measured through a number of project activities, which have been successfully undertaken. They indicate there has been increased empowerment of, and support for, women in engineering and technical roles in Timor-Leste. These project activity outputs include:
    • Regular engagement opportunities with the FE group, supported by EWB current programs.
    • Completed mapping of barriers and opportunities for technical and engineer career pathways for women in engineering.
    • Establishment of the FE group members as part of the EWB mentoring program.
    • Increased membership of the FE group (80% increase).
    • Increased FE involvement with government stakeholders.
    FE group have identified and established active focal points in each of the targeted universities and schools.

Contact Information

  • Contact Person:

    Heidi Michael

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  • Website:

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  • Phone:

    03 8582 1866