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Empower young women to be future leaders of the nation

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 11/10/2019

The Girls Takeover Parliament program today aims to empower the young girls joining this year to become good leaders in the country, particularly joining parliament in the future.

The Australian and New Zealand High Commissioners joined many guests at the opening of the Girls Takeover Parliament this morning. The Girls Takeover Parliament sees young girls from around Tonga join a mock-session of the Tongan Parliament with a girl representative each for the representatives in Parliament. They will be discussing important issues that the young girls raised themselves and they will get to learn about how the Tongan Parliament is run.

Jolene Finau from the organising committee said this is a good opportunity for these young girls to be inspired and to learn from the Girls Takeover Parliament for the future progress of the country.

Finau said some of the biggest issues that was raised by the participants in their applications to take part in the program – climate change and women in parliament – are the issues that they discussed today.

After the morning session of the Girls Takeover Parliament program Radio & Television Tonga News got to speak to two of the participants – Salote Latu who was the Prime Minister, and ‘Ailine Tonga – the Nobles Representative 1 for Vava’u, and they both expressed their appreciation for this program and the opportunity for them to learn.

Latu said she is interested in a professional career in politics and this was a great start to getting experience in this area.

Girls Takeover Parliament is one of Tonga Youth Leaders’ youth-led initiatives and is supported regionally by the Commonwealth Youth Council, and Jasiri Australia.

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