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Workshop highlights the significance of developing common understanding on gender mainstreaming

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12th July 2017 Two consultants from Australia and Canada were in Nuku’alofa to facilitate a one-day workshop on Gender Training Needs, Design and Tonga Gender Profile Information.

Opened by the Prime Minister and Minister for Internal Affairs Hon. Samiuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva at Tano’a Dateline Hotel yesterday morning. The workshop aimed to develop a common understanding of what gender mainstreaming is and the achievements and challenges experienced in Tonga.

Stats2info Senior Statistical Consultant Ms. Jessica Gardener said the one-day event is, “An opportunity to talk to people in Government, in society and to some degree the private sector about what is gender, what is gender mainstreaming and what are some of the things that they are doing, to see how Tonga is going to reach gender equality goals.”

Ms. Gardener stated that this workshop will collect input information from representatives which will be used to design the main workshop which will be conducted in October. The training in October will be designed according to the areas identified by participants in this workshop.

She said that this workshop encourages the use of evidence in statistics as well as other forms of research so that the public can access information better, faster, easier and to be able to interpret and use it.”

Gender Development and Design Management of Multi-stakeholder Consultant Ms. Gayle Nelson said the government’s current policy on gender and development has been making progress but there is a setback.

“The government already has a policy; it’s called the Revised National Policy on Gender and Development. It’s a very good policy, it is working and they are making progress, but it’s slow because there has not been a very large investment in people’s understanding of what it’s about and how to use it, there could be more progress if more people has capacity development which we are doing today.”

To address the challenge Ms. Nelson said people need to have the proper tool and information in order to get the right information and to make decisions that are linked to balance the factors that are important to the country.

The program is under the Asian Development Bank Regional Technical Assistance (TA) Project to Promote Evidence-Based Decision-making in support of Gender Equality in the Pacific Region.

This is the second phase of the initiative, funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).


Issued by the: Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications.



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