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Today marks International Women’s Day

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 08/03/2018

There is still need to further enforce and amend the laws regarding the abuse of women and children in Tonga. These years International Women’s Day theme in Tonga is – Press for Progress which emphasizes the need for more work to be done to eliminate the abuse of women and children.

The Director for the Women and Children Crisis Centre – ‘Ofa Guttenbeil Likiliki says the centre has made considerable progress in establishing laws and other projects in advocating for the elimination of abuse against women.

Likiliki says the Family Protection Act 2013 is a great milestone but more laws and policies are needed as abuse also happens outside the family, such as at a workplace.

The programs for marking International Women’s Day began yesterday morning with a special program with the Prime Minister of New Zealand – Jacinda Ardern – in which the main topic of discussion was women in leadership.

Likiliki said this program highlighted the resilience of the Tongan women in stepping up to the leadership role in the recovery operations in the communities following Cyclone Gita

The Women and Children’s Crisis Centre conducted different programs to mark this special day including a special workshop with the Police Magistrates, as well as a team from the centre, joined by a team from Tonga Family Health Association visiting the villages of Nukuhetulu, Longoteme, and Folaha.

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