Engaging women to contribute to safer communities in Tonga

Through its first Open Day to promote a greater understanding of various services police departments and specialists do in serving the community women and students were urged to work in police force.

March 8 is International Women’s Day and the theme for the special event was “Tonga Police women connecting with youth of Tonga for a safer place”.

Senior college students and community leaders were invited to the event which it showcased demonstrations and exhibits from the Dog Section, Search and Rescue, Crime Scene Investigation with the Forensic Investigation Team and Cyber Security.

The idea was to give the public an insight of what Police do.

“Today we are not only marking International Women’s Day but we are opening the door because we are the people’s police, we come from the people and we must serve and keep you safe to the best of our ability,” Tonga’s Police Commissioner Steve Caldwell told guests during the marking ceremony of the Women’s Day.

Dr ‘Ana Taufe’ulungaki a Former Minister of Education told guests Police wanted to employ more women in Police force.

The United Nations 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”.

“It will equally focus on new commitments under UN Women’s Step It Up initiative, and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights”.

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