Property rights

Tongan activist calls for women to have property rights

Under the constitution, it is still strictly enforced that women have restrictions to the ownership of land.

Women who wish to use land for any purpose including for cultivation can only lease land for temporary use.

The Ministry of Women's Affairs in Tonga was created at the end of 2012 and started discussions then on reviewing women's land rights by pushing to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Discrimination against Women.

Activist David Tilton said this shuts women out of opportunities to make revenue.