Pro-Ema was established in March 2018 by Simone Assis to meet the needs, support and empower adolescent girls and young women who are survivors of sexual abuse.


The mission of Pro-Ema is to promote capacity-building and personal, educational, social and economic development for vulnerable girls and young women living in underdeveloped communities in Timor-Leste, in order to strengthen their autonomy, raise their leadership and increase their employability

Through professional training and follow-up of a coaching, the beneficiaries have access to professional technical courses, which include theoretical and practical classes. Giving them tools and developing skills to work in the labor market.

These efforts will help to increase the number of financially independent women in Timor-Leste.

Today, Pro-Ema employs 16 Timorese staff, 10 of them young women who have survived sexual violence.

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