Tonga To Celebrate International Day Of Democracy

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Day to be marked with workshop to prepare women candidates

By Keresi Nauwakarawa

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Sept. 10, 2015) – Tonga will celebrate the International Day of Democracy next Tuesday with a workshop to prepare women to run as candidates in the 2016 local elections.

In a statement, United Nations Development Program Communications Analyst Sheryl Ho highlights that the day-long workshop of discussions and breakout groups will focus on theme 'Making Space for Women' in the country's local representative positions.

Osnat Lubrani, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative said the discussions would highlight the need to include women in the democratic process by encouraging them to become potential candidates to run in local elections for district and town officers slated for 2016.

"In countries such as Tonga, where women make up half of the population but are not equally present in elected office, this day will highlight and promote the need for equitable participation in national and local elections as well as in public affairs."

More than 30 men and women from across Tonga will participate in panel discussions and breakout sessions to discuss: Gender and Democracy in Local Governance, Lessons Learned from Past Elections, Running for Office, and Challenges and Opportunities Facing Potential Candidates.

The International Day of Democracy was created in 2007 when the United Nations General Assembly set aside 15 September.

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