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Bella Galhos TEDxDili Talk

Bella Galhos talks passionately about the violence and abuse she suffered during her childhood and speaks out against violence against women in Timor-Leste. She believes that every child has a right to happiness and safety and has built Timor-Leste first green school, a safe haven where children learn about sustainable agriculture practices and good nutrition.

Bella Galhos persevered through a childhood violence and abuse, and has now committed herself to speaking out against violence against women. She was also an activist in the pro-independence movement in Timor-Leste. She then gained asylum in Canada but returned to her home country in 1999 to help rebuild. After studying psychology and women’s studies at the University of Hawaiʻi under a US Timor-Leste (USTL) scholarship from the East-West Center, she served as an advisor to Timor-Leste’s president. She now manages the organization Santana Unipessoal, and is building Timor Leste’s first green school, Leublora Green School (LGS), which teaches children sustainable agriculture practices and good nutrition. She has been selected as one of the Unsung Heroes of Compassion to be awarded by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2017.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community on May 15, 2015. Learn more at

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