[NUKU’ALOFA 05 MARCH 2015]: The Women and Children Crisis Centre will host a woman’s only Singing and Dance competition to mark International Women’s Day known as ‘Fiefia Night’. It will be held at the Queen Salote College’s Hall on Friday 6th of March at 7:00pm.

The international theme for this year is “Make it Happen”. This event is a celebration and recognition of women throughout Tonga’s her-story and their outstanding achievements in all aspects of life. The event also provides a platform for older women to perform a solo-dance (tau’olunga) breaking cultural norms where the tau’olunga is reserved only for young, unmarried women, “we’re breaking the social cultural norms and giving older women the opportunity to enjoy and celebrate their womanhood and to showcase their many talents which is often buried under the fala once they get married,” says ‘Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Diretor of the WCCC.

There are thirteen women’s groups competing for the Fiefia Night’s awards which includes;

  • A compulsory song (a composition of her late Majesty Queen Salote Tupou III: Sei ‘O Fafine) to be accompanied by a solo dance
  • A song composed specifically to the given theme (Make It Happen: National Gender and Development Policy)
  • A dance item from any country in the Pacific

The idea of having a composed song based on the Make It Happen theme is also to raise awareness amongst women’s groups, particularly grass roots women’s groups of the National Policy on Gender and Development as many are not or were not aware of the policy until this event, “it’s a great way of getting women to know about the policy and to understand the roadmap to gender equality because many times only those working in government and NGOs are aware of such policies – we have to get women to start feeling like this policy is theirs and not just government”, says Guttenbeil-Likiliki.

This competition is made possible through the financial assistance of UN Women Pacific Regional Ending Violence Against Women Facility Fund.

 

For more information please contact ‘Ofa Guttenbeil Likiliki on telephone 22 240 or through email on ofa.guttenbeil@gmail.com