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Just Play Tonga launch End violence campaign!

International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women
who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
Meanwhile, Just Play Project Manager, Palu Úhatahi and her team conducted a festival for children from the age of 6 to 16, and it was held in the capital of Tonga,
Nukuálofa with more than 300 boys and girls participated. This festival was the first part of launching the ENDviolence campaign.
‘’I am very glad that we managed to work together with all our volunteers in running this festival, especially there were a lot of children showed up,’’ says Úhatahi.
‘’Teaching them to respect and understand boys and girls and men and women is the key to reduce violence at home or in the communities.’’
‘’There had been many parents came with their children to the festival, and they learnt about the ENDviolence campaign so now it’s for them to make it happen,’’ she added.
The second part of this campaign, was a seminar and the audience were all men whom they were former and current national football players.
This is to target football communities and national players. The guest speaker is Ms. Ana Malia Áho, Senior Police Constable, representing the Domestic Violence
department, Ministry of Police.
‘’I did not expect to come and speak to all men, but right now I am very glad that I had this opportunity to speak to you, as you are the one who causes violence against
women at home,’’ said Áho.
‘’If you cause physical abuse, sexual abuse or mental abuse otherwise harms or endangers the health, safety or wellbeing of a woman or child, that is domestic violence,’’Aho stressed out.
Áho clearly stated what they have been doing since the Family Protection act came to force in 2014. She carried out to how to apply for a protection order, power to make
protection orders, she then continued to those types of protection orders with variation and cancellation of protection also offences and penalties.
At the conclusion of this seminar, she asked all participants to raise up their red card which ENDviolence has written on it, to show their full support to stop the violence against women and children.
The Tonga Football General Secretary Mr. Lui Áho expressed his appreciation to Minstry of Police for their efforts that put up to reduce violence in Tonga.
‘’This is not an easy job, but I believe when you do the right thing then it becomes easy,’’ he said.
Áho also convey his gratitude to Just Play program, OFC, Government of Australia, Government of New Zealand, FFA, UEFA foundation for children and UNICEF for their hard worked
in order to change perceptions and showcase the power and potential of women and girls in Tonga and abroad.
The ENDviolence campaign has been designed to capitalizing on the momentum and excitement of the FIFA Women’s U20 World Cup to create
a broad range advocacy campaign focusing on ENDviolence towards women and children which will take place across the Pacific.

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