Report – By Sheryl Ho
When Tonga went to the polls last month to elect new Members of Parliament, 16 women candidates representing different constituencies, took up the challenge alongside 90 men to contest the 17 seats set aside for the People’s Representatives in Parliament.
More than half of the people’s representatives were dumped in last month’s election and the major parties failed to win a majority. No women MPS were elected.
However, some of the women who ran in the elections said that they felt encouraged to run after participating in the Practice Parliament for Women held in April and a follow-up Campaign and Leadership Training. Read more »