Dili, 5 September 2022 (TDI): UN Women Timor-Leste is collecting donations for Pakistan in the light of current flash floods to provide essential items and hygiene kits to women and girls as part of urgent humanitarian action.

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The recent devasting floods in Pakistan have disproportionally affected women and young girls with an increased risk of violence. UN Women is responding to the specific needs of women, young girls and women with disabilities in this crucial time.

Additionally, 75000 pregnant women have been impacted by the floods in Pakistan. UN Women, while engaging the private sector and humanitarian partners, is providing immediate relief to the disproportionally affected women and girls.

Furthermore, under immediate relief, UN Women is providing shelter, food, medicines and sanitary products. In addition, UN Women is also ensuring access to essential services including counselling, legal aid and other support to protect and empower women.

Timor-Leste and Pakistan relations

The diplomatic ties between Timor-Leste and Pakistan were established soon after Timor-Leste gained independence in 2002. Since then, the two countries enjoy cordial relations.

There is no resident mission of Pakistan in Dili, however, the Government of Pakistan has proposed the name of Arif Abdullah Sagran for the post of Honorary Consul of Pakistan in Timor Leste. The case is under consideration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Timor Leste.

Timor Leste, however, has an Honorary Consul based in Karachi and an Embassy in Islamabad.

The trade relations between the two countries are gaining momentum in recent years. In 2018, Pakistan’s exports to Timor Leste were 11.6 million US $, an increase of 485% since the previous years. The main products of trade are cereals, sugar and confectionery, edible vegetables and pharmaceutical products. The total imports of Timor Leste in the same year were a little over half a billion dollars.