Mery Barreto

Regional Coordinating Group Member

Maria Gorumali Barreto (Mery) is an East Timorese activist with a deep passion for women’s rights and women’s participation in politics.

Mery is the Advocacy Program Manager for Fokupers (Communication Forum for East Timor Women), one of the few East Timorese women's NGOs working on the empowerment of women from a women's human rights perspective. In this role, she facilitates gender and human rights training for women within the community, members of parliament, and policy makers. Mery also facilitates mediation cases of gender-based violence and coordinates an advocacy working group for the Domestic Violence Law. In 2004, she served as a coordinator for the second Congress of East Timor Women.