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View the PDF document Navigating social structures : the experiences of women in advocacy work in Tonga
Author: Gock, Damien P.K.
Institution: The University of the South Pacific
Award: M.A.
Subject: Women's rights | Tonga, Women human rights workers | Tonga, Women social reformers | Tonga, Feminism | Tonga, Social structure | Tonga
Date: 2018
Call No.: Pac HQ 1236 .5 .T6 G63 2018
BRN: 1380964
Copyright:10-20% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission

Abstract: This study explores the challenges and strategies of advocacy by women’s rights activists in Tonga. Drawing on feminist standpoint methodology and the use of the Kakala Framework’s concept of talanoa, the study is based on in-depth interviews with Tongan women's rights activists. It was found that religion, culture and the socio-political landscape in which NGOs and CSOs find themselves were major sources of hinderance to their work. Women activists in Tonga answer these challenges through their relationships with the national government; the use of new information and communication technologies; and involvement with the Tongan churches, to name a few. However, major challenges to shaping advocacy persist due to apprehensive perceptions and attitudes toward women’s rights advocacy work in Tonga. As a result, people’s reception of ideas related to women’s rights issues and principles continue to be resisted.
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