Innovative uses of media to empower women

20/12/2010 14:54

 The Crisis Centre has been producing innovative TV spots, documentaries and short films to promote the experiences of women and children in Tonga.


Sometimes we are too shy and we are unable to voice out our opinions. That’s what this documentary is about” begins Girls Ask, which aired young girls concerns to candidates in light of Tonga’s historic elections. Shown in a specialist viewing to candidates with a talanoa session between the girls and candidates afterwards, the documentary aims to get decision makers to understand the concerns of young girls who vote for them. Aired on TV2, the documentary covered issues such as the need to amend Tonga’s rape laws, nepotism in the employment of Government Teachers and the impact that a lack of access to education can have on society. The documentary is available online and upon request, and will be used to continue to campaign for the rights of young girls.

The centre won second prize in the Tonga Family Health World Aids Day Short Film competition for their film that urged married women not to become complacent about HIV/AIDS. Featuring a picture of a wedding ring, the advertisement reminded women that the best protection against HIV/AIDS is a condom. Organisations and individuals across Tonga celebrated Worlds Aids Day by making short films to promote education about HIV/AIDS. WCCC Director ‘Ofa Guttenbeil-likiliki said “we were very excited to see the link between gender and HIV/AIDS up on display in the film festival – the fact is that more married women are reporting with cases of STIs, which places them more at risk of HIV/AIDS. Around the world, women are increasingly vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. It’s time to get educated about how to keep safe.”


WCCC also produced Pink Hibiscus, a 5 minute piece about a survivor of an incest case, which demonstrates the importance of providing ongoing services to survivors of abuse and highlighted the fact that in parts of the Pacific two in every three girls are violated at home. Sexual abuse cases, including incest, have increased for WCCC this year with 16 cases relating to sexual assault, rape and sexual harassment.


For a copy of any of these films, or to receive more details, do not hesitate to contact us, or (676) 22 240.