United States organisations recognized WCCC. Photo/WCCC (Facebook)

The United States Pacific Command and the Nevada National Guard have recognized the hard and tireless efforts by Tongaʻs Women and Children Crisis Centre’s to end domestic violence.

The organisations presented a plaque that contains this information:

“Presented on behalf of The United States Pacific Command and the Nevada National Guard in recognition of the Achievement of the Women and Children Crisis Centre’s efforts to end domestic violence”.

It was presented to the WCCC staff in Nuku’alofa yesterday by the US Ambassador to Tonga Judith Cefkin.

“The Women and Children Crisis Center is an NGO works independently outside of the government sector, works very diligently to advocate for the human rights of women and children, and for gender equality, also works to end all violence against women and children, offers free counseling and legal services, among other services”, HE Cefkin said.

“We know the domestic violence is a problem around the world, and also in the Pacific. We also know that when women have a political voice and economic power, they contribute to their families’ and communities development.

“Women, however, are vulnerable to domestic violence and victims need assistance of the type that the WCCC is offering. Raising awareness is the first step to stop the cycle of violence and to raise the stature of women in communities.

I want to commend the WCCC on its excellent support for women and children in Tonga. We are pleased that we, the U.S. government, through the Pacific Command and Nevada National Guard, could partner with the WCCC to assist with and promote your valuable activities in your community,” the US Ambassador said.