Tonga and Fiji network in fight against violence

Kuo pehē ‘e ha kau kemipeina mei Tonga kuo nau hoko eni ko ha kau sōtia lelei ange ki hno tau’i e ‘ulungāanga fakamālohi tu’unga ‘eni ‘i ha ngaahi mo’oni ‘o ha fakatotolo kuo ma’u ‘i Fisi ke tokoni ki he’enau ngāue’.

by Radio New Zealand

Anti-violence campaigners in Tonga say a recent fact-finding mission to Fiji has helped them become better soldiers in their fight against violence.

Eleni Mone, of Families Free of Violence, said they explored service delivery models for family and domestic violence cases.

She said they also gathered and exchanged ideas with their Fijian counterparts on how to respond to gender-based violence.

“To let the group engage and find out what’s happening so that when the group goes back to Tonga, they’ll have identified okay that would work for Tonga or that won’t work for Tonga.

“So that the Tongans themselves build up their own as to context – availability of resources and also the way we Tongans think. Sometimes it’s a little bit different.”

Eleni Mone said Tonga’s anti-violence campaigners will now go to Canberra to study Australian systems.

UN Women is helping to facilitate the fact finding missions.

Its Pacific representative, Abigail Erikson, said the agency’s role is to support Pacific countries to develop tools, protocols and systems to help women and girls who experience violence.

“And to make sure that the police, health, social services, crisis centres are working well so that we can make sure that women and girls get the services they need, and that there’s a nice continuum of care and everyone is working together,” Ms Erikson said.

This article is republished under the Kaniva Tonga’s content partnership with Radio New Zealand.

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