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Tonga participates at the Commonwealth WAMM in Apia Samoa

(Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 08/09/2016)

The eleventh Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministerial Meeting(WAMM) in Apia, focuses on gender and climate change, women’s leadership, violence against women and girls and inter-generational partnerships for sustainable development.

This contributes to the setting of Commonwealth priorities and the global agenda for sustainable and inclusive development.

The conference theme is “Gender equality through sustainable development in an inclusive commonwealth”.

Information from the Commonwealth says, members proposed Commonwealth priorities on gender equality and women’s rights for the period of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Discussions also cover emerging issues and increasingly critical development issues on gender equality, women’s empowerment and development to promote inclusive development and democracy.

Delegates will also look at repositioning the Commonwealth and its commitments to gender equality and women’s rights.

Tonga is being represented by the CEO of the Ministry of Internal Affairs – Mrs. ‘Ana Bing Fonua.

WAMM has been held triennially since 1985 and provides the opportunity for ministers, senior officials, civil society, private sector and partner agencies to discuss critical issues in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The last WAMM was hosted by the Government of Bangladesh in 2013.

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