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20081031 Situation Analysis of Women Children and Youth in Tonga UNICEF


20081031 Situation Analysis of Women Children and Youth in Tonga UNICEF

This report is an update of the situation of children and women in Tonga since the last analysis
in 1996. The Government of Tonga became a signatory to the United Nations Convention on
the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1995 and established the National Coordinating Committee
for Children (NCCC), to address CRC issues in line with requirement 44 of CRC. The Government
has adopted the principles of CEDAW but had yet to be a signatory at the time of writing. The
Womenís Development Centre, (WDC) a government department, was established in 2000 to
address womenís issues at the national level.
Despite Tongas low population growth rate over the last few decades, approximately 50 per
cent of the population are under the age of 20 years. This major demographic feature of the
Kingdom of Tonga poses complex challenges