Country / Region profile of: Tonga

The Constitution in Tonga prohibits general discrimination, but the law allows for the unequal treatment of women. For example, women in Tonga cannot own land or property. Tonga is not listed on the Global Gender Gap Index for 2017 and there is no data on their military spending. Tonga has signed but not ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Tonga voted for the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), but has not yet signed or ratified. During the 2017 October Security Council Open Debate, Tonga made a statement affirming support for gender equality. They have not developed a National Action Plan on the Implementation of Resolution 1325 (2000). Women enjoy equal access to education and hold several senior government jobs. However, discrimination is prevalent in other walks of life, and violence against women remains an issue of concern in Tonga.

"I would like to see that Government looks into women's rights, our legislation and that Government looks into the new Family Bill that we are putting in. I would like to see that some resource is being put into the implementation.” - Betty Blake

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Military expenditure
The country spends an unknown amount of money on the military
Investing in peace and gender equality
Tonga could invest in creation and ongoing funding of a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
NAP 1325
Tonga does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments
Tonga made no specific financial commitments on Women, Peace and Security in 2017.