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“Let us make a change for we are the future……”
Women and Children Crisis Centre staff, Vika ‘Akau’ola was selected to join 45 young people between the age of 16 - 30 from 29 countries around the world in a 3 day Global Unite Youth Forum to End Violence against Women and Girls. This meeting was taken place in Bangkok, Thailand from the 18th to the 20th of May this year.
This meeting was organized by the UN Women Group in Bangkok and ‘Akau’ola was selected together with other two members; one from Fiji and the Marshall Islands to represent the Pacific Region to the meeting.
The meeting was all about sharing between the participants in their experiences with the work that they are doing in relate to the theme but most importantly the ideas that they will come up with to put as action plans to stop violence against women and girls.
“Young people hold the potential to make a change, all they need is inspiration and motivation “, said ‘Akau’ola when she was interviewed by the Pacific Beat, Radio Australia during the meeting in Bangkok.
Vika currently works at the centre’s safe house, a temporarily shelter for the survivors of violence and any form of abuse. “I was inspired to continue on doing this important work that I am doing right now and that is to end violence against women and girls in Tonga”, said Vika.