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16 days of Activism ends

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 11/12/2018

The 16 days of activism against gender-based violence came to a close yesterday, on International Human Rights Day, celebrated annually on the 10th of December.

It was concluded in a radio and television program led by the Tonga National Women and Children’s Centre – TNWCC yesterday, that this year’s 16 days of activism campaign was a success in Tonga.

During the program, Tupou Lanumata from the Women and Children’s Crisis Centre reported the Centre were able to establish a branch on the island of ‘Eua which was opened on the 26th of November and immediately on the following day they had begun welcoming clients reaching out for help.

The Director of the Ma’a Fafine mo e Famili – Betty Blake also highlighted the success of their programs during the 16-day campaign, which included a three-day training and a float parade in Ha’apai. She emphasized the importance of human rights as this was a God-given right to a violence-free life.

Kalolaine Fe’iloaki who oversees the TNWCC’s Women’s Economic Empowerment program says they were also able to conduct a training during the 16-day campaign aimed at improving women’s skills and knowledge for economic empowerment.

This year’s 16 days of activism campaign ending on International Human Rights Day also marked the 70th year anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights being adopted by the United Nations in 1948.

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