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Camp Shriver offers hope to young Tonga women with an intellectual disability

Camp Shriver offers hope to young Tonga women with an intellectual disability

Updated 22 January 2014, 11:31 AEST

The recent Pacific Women's Triennial Cook Islands highlighted the high level of discrimination and disadvantage faced by women in the region.

But if you're a young woman with an intellectual disability, then the level of disadvantage is magnified.

In Tonga, the Talitha Project runs programs for young women in leadership, health and combating violence.

And is also runs progams specifically aimed at helping women and girls with an intellectual disability.

This month for the first time, the Talitha project - in partnership with Special Olympics Tonga - will be running a special camp, called Camp Shriver.

Camp Shriver was founded in the US back in the 1960's by Eunice Kennedy Shriver whose vision was that through sports, the lives of people with intellectual disabilities would be transformed and public perceptions would be changed forever.

Heather Jarvis spoke with the Talitha Project's Vanessa Heleta to find out more about the camp and the issues faced by young women with intellectual disabilities in Tonga.

Presenter: Heather Jarvis

Speaker: Vanessa Heleta from the Talitha Project

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