Posts Tagged ‘Gender Equality’

Pro-CEDAW petition presented to Tonga parliament Comments 0

Friday, June 5th, 2015
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A petition has been presented to the Tonga parliament backing the government’s efforts to ratify the United Nation’s Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, or CEDAW. Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki, the director of the Women’s and Children’s Crisis Centre, stated in an interview with Radio New Zealand that there are plenty of people who Read more

Tonga: Church says referendum on CEDAW unlikely Comments 0

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015
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The Catholic Church believes it is unlikely there will be a referendum on whether Tonga should ratify the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). In an interview on Radio Australia Father Seluini Akauola said opposition to ratifying CEDAW is very strong. Akauola said the suggestion that there should Read more

Tonga’s Catholic Women’s League protest against CEDAW Comments 0

Friday, May 22nd, 2015
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Tonga’s Catholic Women’s League marched to Parliament on Tuesday to present a petition asking the government not to ratify the United Nation’s Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Parliament opens 28 May. The government announced to the UN in March this year that it intended to ratify CEDAW. The main reasons for Read more

Tonga’s Catholic Church opposes ratification of CEDAW Comments 1

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
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Tonga’s Cardinal Mafi has written a letter giving the reasons the Catholic church does not support the Government’s decision to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of any form of Discrimination Against Women [CEDAW]. Mafi says all forms of discrimination against women are already clear enough in Tonga’s laws and are forbidden in Christian churches. He Read more

Tongan gender equality advocates point finger at faifekau Comments 0

Friday, March 6th, 2015
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Women advocates at a recent  roundtable discussion in Nuku’alofa perceived that their main antagonists are the church ministers, the faifekau, who propagate fear of the future. There were at least four faifekau in the room. One of them shouted, “You women should know your place!” The roundtable meeting was called to discuss the Tonga’s ratification of Read more

Job equality 80 years away Comments 0

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Worldwide gender equality in the workplace will not be reached for another 80 years, A new report suggests. While women are rapidly closing the gender gap with men in areas such as health and education, inequality at work is not expected to be erased until 2095, according to a report published by the World Economic Read more

Solomons: Domestic violence causing women to flee homes Comments 0

Friday, September 26th, 2014
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Increasing domestic violence in Solomon Islands is being blamed for the rise in the number of women and children seeking shelter in a care-centre in Honiara. The Church of Melanesia’s Christian Care Centre’s director, Sister Doreen Awaiasi, says she is having to turn people away as the centre is at full capacity. Sister Doreen says Read more

Catholic Church not helping women by focussing on sorcery Comments 1

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
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 The Catholic Church has long been fighting sorcery in Papua New Guinea. An Auckland academic says the real issue with violence against women in Papua New Guinea is not sorcery, but gender inequality. Evangelina Papoutsaki  says unequal gender relations which are the result of the post-colonial times and Christianity, are being used to justify violence against Read more

A woman’s place in New Zealand Comments 0

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
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The day Prime Minister Helen Clark was berated and humiliated at Waitangi for daring to speak on the marae should have been the day all iwi resolved to reassess the rules subordinating women on marae and in wharenui. It should have been considered urgent. Perhaps the indignity of that day was generally dismissed as mere Read more

Gay man’s complaint against Church dismissed Comments 0

Friday, October 18th, 2013

The Human Rights Tribunal has dismissed a complaint against the Anglican Church over its decision to deny a gay man entry to the priesthood. The tribunal had been considering whether Geno Sisneros, of Auckland, was discriminated against when his application to train as a priest was turned down. Continue reading