A two day workshop for media personnel focussed on reporting on Violence Against Women and Girls was held as a follow up to a workshop held last year. It ended with the official launch by Lady Luseanne Luani, President of Tonga Media Council, of a Tool kit: ‘Tips For Media Practitioners on Reporting on Violence Against Women and Girls in Tonga’

The journalists received tips in Tongan and in English for reporting on violence against women and children in Tonga.

Mrs Aterina Samasoni-Pele, a National Professional Officer from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in Samoa said the meeting aimed to establish a relevant resource based on the experience and knowledge of Tongan media practitioners, to guide them throughout their work on these issues.

The Director of the Women and Children Crisis Centre in Tonga, ‘Ofa Guttenbeil Likiliki said the workshop followed on from the media training on violence against women held last year with UNESCO.   “This is the first time Tonga has had this kind of training. It is a sign that the Tongan media is progressive and they want a tool-kit to direct them in doing their job. We have helped the journalists and media practitioners draft the tool-kit. By being part of it, sharing our experiences and the experiences of victims, the journalists can better understand the impact of violence on women and children’s lives.  It is also important to inform journalists about government commitments to end violence against women and children,” she said.

Ms Guttenbeil Likiliki co facilitated the workshop with Mrs. Aterina Samasoni-Pele. The workshop was held at the Tungi Colonnade Building Conference Room and was co-funded by UNESCO and  WCCC.