16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence 2019

Mr. Tito Kivalu, Mr. Rhema Misa, Mrs. Betty Blake and Mrs. Star Pau’u during their radio talk informing the public of the campaign

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from 25th of November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and ends on the 10th of December, Human Rights Day, under the theme, “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape!”

Programs 25 – 29 November 2019

25 November 2019: staff of the Centre alongside other key stakeholders came together to mark the beginning of this campaign at the Taufa’ahau Tupou the 4th Domestic Wharf.

26 November 2019: two of the Centre’s staff (Star Pau’u and Vika ‘Akauola) went on air to inform the public of the programs that the Centre has arranged for the upcoming 16 days (find listed below):

  1. 29 November 2019: radio program conducted by a representative from the Centre, Women and Children’s Crisis Centre, Tonga National Centre for Women and Children and the Police (Domestic Violence Unit) regarding the issue, “Young Children running away from Home.”
  2. Throughout the 16 Days of Activism, Digicel has kindly accepted to send out SMS text messages as a reminder and informant to the public about this campaign.
  3. 3rd December 2019: radio program to be aired at 2pm on Letio Tonga to mark the International Day for Disabled Persons.
  4. 4 December 2019: radio program to report back to the public on the outcome of these activities.

27 November 2019, the Centre accepted a request by ‘Ofa Gutteinbeil Likiliki (Director of Women and Children Crisis Centre) joined by Lesila, to conduct a 30 minute talanoa session in the Centre in which the staff participated alongside the LLPU division of the Ministry of Justice led by Ms. Adi Talanaivini Mafi. This was a productive conversation on the 16 Days of Activism theme for 2019, “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape!” This talanoa session is the beginning for WCCC’s lobbying to make amendments to the Law in regards to rape.

28 November 2019: Tonga National Centre for Women and Children hosted a TV program hosted by their representative, Ms. ‘Emeline Mikaere. A staff of the Centre (Ms Star Pau’u) joined a panel of other key stake-holders including, Ms. Betty Blake (Ma’a Fafine moe Famili), Ms. ‘Aina Kavaliku (Women Affairs and Gender Equality Division – Ministry of Internal Affairs) and Mr. Rhema Misa (Lava me’a Ta’e’iloa).

The campaign is currently still being rolling out but this is a great opportunity for the Centre to join other organizations that also assist the survivors of domestic violence in raising awareness in Tonga. Please stay tuned for the remaining of the campaign.

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