6 Jun 2017

Better laws needed to protect women and children in Tonga

From , 5:04 am on 6 June 2017

A women's advocate in Tonga, 'Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki, says the government needs to improve legislation around the protection of women and children. Ms Guttenbeil-Likiliki who is the director of the Women and Children Crisis Centre says the group is still working on getting Tonga to ratify CEDAW, a convention seeking to eliminate discrimination against women. She told Koro Vaka'uta the centre also backs a fellow NGO's initiative looking to change the law which allows children between the ages of 15 and 17 to get married with parental consent.

'Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki

Photo: RNZI/Koro Vaka'uta