Police recruits attend gender bias workshop

Fakalele ha ako 'i Tonga o e kau Polisi hū fo'ou' fakahinohino kinautolu ke toe lelei ange 'enau fengāue'aki mo e kakai fefine 'oku nau puke pe ngāue ki ai tu'unga' i ha ngaahi lāunga

Tonga’s Women and Children Crisis Centre has run a workshop for 28 police recruits on treating women better.

Superintendent Ashley Fua said police working in the field were being hindered by gender bias.

He said the course focussed on fairness, equity and equality and how they treat women.

It looked at attitudes towards Tongan culture and attitudes towards women.

“There’s an opportunity at the early start of their career that we’re able to make those changes and influence how they see men and women and how that will impact on how they deliver their services.”

Mr Fua said it was a bigger challenge to change the attitudes of older police, but more training was planned.

However, gender inequality also exists inside the force, which has 166 female members.

The conference was told some female officers were scared of reporting incidents to high ranking police in case they lost their job.

They were also scared of being mocked at work.

It is understood that the issue is happening at the Tonga Police but some are scared to report it due to ranking and authorities, scared of losing her job and scared of being mocked at work.

The main points

  • Tonga’s Women and Children Crisis Centre has run a workshop for 28 police recruits on treating women better.
  • Superintendent Ashley Fua said police working in the field were being hindered by gender bias.

Sometimes when a business is growing, it needs a little help.

Right now Kaniva News provides a free, politically independent, bilingual news service for readers around the world that is absolutely unique. We are the largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service, and our stories reach Tongans  wherever they are round the world. But as we grow, there are increased demands on Kaniva News for translation into Tongan on our social media accounts and for the costs associated with expansion. We believe it is important for Tongans to have their own voice and for Tongans to preserve their language, customs and heritage. That is something to which we are strongly committed. That’s why we are asking you to consider sponsoring our work and helping to preserve a uniquely Tongan point of view for our readers and listeners.

Latest news

Related news