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Tonga’s New Pacific Partnership to end violence against women and girls launched

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 5/12/2018

Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls – Hon Dr Sharman Stone this morning launched Tonga’s new Pacific Partnership to end violence against women and girls this morning.

Hon Stone says every nation struggles with the issue of domestic violence.

She adds violence could be physical, psychological, financial if the woman is denied access to her own earnings or to the family’s earnings

“We have to have all our support agencies such as medical professionals, police and our military forces where there is obviously some wrong behavior – some bullying or violence against women and girls, we need every one of us to take responsibility speaking out and stepping up about that,” she said.

She adds that a child follows what he sees happen in the home therefore it is significant to ensure that children are brought up at a healthier environment.

“How can a girl born into a society feel safe? And sometimes we say it’s cultural – we have these. or it’s our religion it’s our faith. I don’t believe any church condones violence nor does any cultural tradition condones that and sometimes we use that as an excuse – oh it’s cultural, ”Hon. Stone said.

Meanwhile, the Acting CEO of MIA – ‘Onetoto ‘Anisi said, the gov’t of Tonga is pleased to be part of this groundbreaking partnership approach building upon the work of past years by the gov’t, civil society to end violence against women and girls but now with more investment and more focus,

The 19.5 million EURO programme is funded primarily by EU with support from Australia and UN Women.

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