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Tongan women take part in Practice Parliament

Tongan women take part in Practice Parliament

Updated 9 April 2014, 9:48 AEST

Tonga's first Practice Parliament for Women is about to get underway.

It is designed to give Tongan women a taste of politics, and encourage them to participate in November's general election.

The group of 32 women taking part includes nobles, people's representatives and former MPs, with two seats reserved for youth and disability groups.

Tonga's Queen Nanasipau'u told the women that could give their voice to the voiceless and be at the forefront of initiating change for the better.

Speaker of Tonga's Parliament, Lord Fatafehi Fakafanua says the practice parliament should combat the male-dominated state of Tongan politics.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Lord Fatafehi Fakafanua, Speaker of Tonga's Parliament

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