Supporters of a bill to protect families in Tonga are confident it will soon be passed by lawmakers.
The Tonga Family Protection Bill is expected to be discussed in this month’s session of parliament.
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The bill was introduced two years ago with the aim of combatting domestic violence and protecting all members of a household. The co-ordinator of the non-government organisation Ma’a Fafine Moe Famili, Betty Blake, says the bill has been debated in a series of workshops by a taskforce involving NGOs, church leaders and MPs. She says there is much support for the bill but there may be opposition from men – the traditional breadwinners – to a provision allowing women to apply for a protection order if they are denied money to feed their family.