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Early general election could affect the number of women running as candidates Featured

'Emeline Siale 'IlolahiaExecutive Director of the Civil Society Forum of Tonga 'Emeline Siale 'IlolahiaExecutive Director of the Civil Society Forum of Tonga

4 September, 2017. The Civil Society Forum of Tonga believes that the early elections resulting from last month's royal dissolution of parliament, could affect the number of women running as candidates.

The Forum's Executive Director, 'Emeline 'Ilolahia, has been part of a group encouraging women to stand in both local and national elections and has lobbied for greater representation in parliament.

However Ms 'Ilolahia said because elections have to be held by November instead of next year, as originally planned, their scheduled work towards encouraging and educating had not been done yet.

She said it normally took time to get women involved.

"Culturally, what we have been used to is just automatically, when you talk about a leadership position, in your head you are already still thinking of a man figure. So when you have a very limited scope of time to really help women to come up, just having the confidence to stand, is going to be really hard in such a short time."

'Emeline 'Ilolahia said women's advocates were meeting this week to map out a plan for the campaign.

-RNZI

3 comments

  • Mark Hanson
    Mark Hanson Tuesday, 05 September 2017 17:39 Comment Link

    Kudos to you Mrs Simpson. This is the attitude that women should have. This unexpected situation also got the men unprepared, but are they complaining? Instead of complaining and pushing the blame around stand up and face the challenge. That's what equality is all about.

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  • Okusi Niuila
    Okusi Niuila Tuesday, 05 September 2017 10:39 Comment Link

    'Oku 'ikai ke kovi ia ke mou ki'i malolo atu kimoutolu 'o pamu maanava hufanga he fakatapu ki he 2022 pe ko e 2026.

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  • Litia Simpson
    Litia Simpson Tuesday, 05 September 2017 10:11 Comment Link

    Please remind your readers that "independent" Tongan women are ready for this election. They rise to the occasion when the challenge of an unexpected election is put before them. Most importantly we are by no means represented by such a group as this. Malo!

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