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Tuesday 17 March 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
We and the Government I led were opposed to ratifying CEDAW. We, the Government of the day, subsequently agreed to have a full and frank debate in the House, following the receipt of a petition introduced to the House by some of the people’s representatives. – Lord Sevele ‘o Vailahi.
Tuesday 17 March 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I recall your 2009 report on the Parliament’s 21-1 vote against ratifying CEDAW; it included Prime Minister Pōhiva who voted against ratification. It is, therefore, as clear as noonday to me that Parliament has not passed legislation re-authorizing the ratification of CEDAW if it has previously voted against it. – Sione A. Mokofisi.
Tuesday 10 March 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga government's decision to ratify UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) was welcomed by Tongan women's rights advocate 'Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki who was in New York for the announcement at the UN last night, where there were lots of accolades for Tonga.
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Monday 9 March 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Government of the Kingdom of Tonga announced this evening in a statement that it has agreed to ratify the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) after lengthy and thorough discussions in Cabinet last week, on Wednesday 4 and Friday 6 March 2015. The decision comes as a breakthrough for Tonga's women's organisations who have been seeking government's consent for two decades.
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Monday 23 February 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s discriminatory laws against women do not have to be changed before Tonga ratifies CEDAW - the international convention that is recognised globally as the most important human rights treaty for women. This week strong recommendations are being made to a parliamentary standing committee and then to Cabinet to sign the 33 year old convention, in what will be a landmark decision for Tonga’s international reputation and its women. by Mary Lyn Fonua.
Monday 11 March 2013
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Here we go again . . . tiptoeing around the sensitive issue of women's rights, and violence against women in Tonga. "Let's break the ignorance of women's God-given rights in Tonga." Women have the rights to all privileges bestowed upon men . . . by men. No government can grant or take away a human being's God-given rights. – Sione Akemeihakau Mokofisi.
Wednesday 6 February 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A United Nations review conducted on the state of human rights in Tonga was completed on 25 January 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland, when Tonga's Minister for Internal Affairs, Lord Vaea was questioned over women’s rights, police violence, establishing a national human rights institution, the living conditions of persons with disabilities and the reasons for Tonga's failure to accede to numerous core international human rights instruments.
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Saturday 10 March 2012

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan government has launched new initiatives in its campaign to end violence against women and girls, the Solicitor General, 'Aminiasi Kefu told a gathering to celebrate the International Women's Day 2012 on Thursday, March 8.
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Tuesday 19 October 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Guaranteeing equal rights for women in Tonga by endorsing CEDAW was not a commitment for four of the candidates running for election, who did not understand the Convention to End All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
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Friday 14 May 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Changing Tonga's laws to better protect women against domestic violence is the essence of the first National Consultation on Advocacy Strategies for Advancing Legislative Change to Address Violence against Women which will be opened in Nuku'alofa on Monday May 17.
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Sunday 15 November 2009
Sydney, Australia
Kataki pe matanga kau faka-tulou atu ki he'ene 'Afio mo Hou'eiki, kia Ha'a Matapule pea moe Tonga kotoa, kae 'ata keta po-talanoa 'i he loto fale ko 'Tau'ataina 'ia Totonu'. Me'apango pe koe 'ikai keu si'i malava 'o liliu faka-Pilitania 'eku fakakaukau ke a'u atu ki ha'a ako mo ha'a 'ilo, kae tuku pe mu'a keu feinga ki he lelei taha…. -Mohetau Kasitati
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Wednesday 11 November 2009
Auckland, New Zealand
I thank all contributors and respect all commentaries express in MT Online in regards to CEDAW convention and in particular to the decision made by the House of Legislative on the issue. This debate seems spinning and moving no where. What I was thinking the major reason is our 'Attitude' towards our own interpretation on the issue and 'reaction' to the decision made by the House. - Viliami Tiseli
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Saturday 7 November 2009
Pago Pago, American Samoa
A city was burnt and lives lost to force a more democratic Tonga. But now the Demo-Movement leaders will not ratify the CEDAW.
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Saturday 7 November 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Oku malie pea fakatupu fifili he taimi tatau e ngaahi felaafoaki fekau'aki mo e CEDAW 'i ho'o paenga kae tautautefito ki hono taukave'i e totonu 'a fafine Tonga. -Samiu Sika
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Friday 6 November 2009
Salt Lake City-Utah, USA
Fakatulou atu ka e 'ataa ke u lulululu mo Sefesi Lutui (Fakama . . . 05 Nov 2009). Malo 'etau lava tangata. 'Oku ou fiefia 'i ho'o tali mai 'eku tohi. Faka'amu na'ake 'i heni kae palu hata kava. -Sione A. Mokofisi
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Tuesday 20 October 2009

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's parliament discovered an elusive unity of purpose last month, when after months of frustrating debate over the direction of reform the House led by the Prime Minister, decided almost to a man, that some set beliefs and traditions should be upheld and the Constitution should not be changed to allow Tongan women equality under the law. From the House, by Pesi Fonua. FROM OUR ARCHIVES, 20 October 2009
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Thursday 6 November 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three Pacific Island countries, including Tonga, that have not yet ratified the United Nations CEDAW - Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women are being encouraged to better understand the treaty, so that they can access the resources and international assistance available to members.
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Sunday 3 June 2007

Noumea, New Caledonia
Improving the status of women requires the partnership of men and boys, a commitment by governments to allocate money and staff to national gender equality programmes, and better links between the Pacific and bodies such as the United Nations. FROM OUR ARCHIVES, 3 June 2007.
Friday 10 June 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has yet to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discriminations Against Women (CEDAW), but a seminar this week helped to familiarize Tongan women with the convention.
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Friday 4 March 2005
New York, USA
The name Salamo Fulivai spells a cushion of comfort for Pacific Island women at the international level. But it becomes a real problem when critical issues concerning the Pacific Islands and women in particular, are not addressed or articulated on the same platform. By Vasiti Ritova
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