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League for Life uses the power of rugby league in Tonga. / Credit: NRL Tonga

Power for change

The League for Life program is currently operating in four Pacific countries: Fiji; Papua New Guinea; Samoa and Tonga. 

In Tonga, the program is delivered in partnership between NRL Tonga and Mai E Nima.

Overarching Program Goal

Rugby league provides a safe, welcoming and inclusive community space for Pacific island women and girls, and people with a disability.

Program Objectives

  • Work with community partners to provide opportunities for healthy and active lifestyles for the Tongan community
  • Work with community leaders and experts to reduce incidents of gender-based violence through community engagement and education programs
  • Promote positive attitudes towards gender equity and inclusion for all

The two core programs delivered by NRL Tonga staff are:

  • League for Life in-school sessions
  • Voice Against Violence workshops

League for Life in school is designed to engage children with education in and out of the classroom via communication of positive social messages. 

The Voice Against Violence program is aimed at informing and empowering young men and women (aged 16 years or older) to stand up, speak out and take action against domestic violence.

Specifically, the program looks to:

  • Change attitudes and behaviours regarding domestic and gender-based violence of men and women
  • Educate and engage young men and women via program activities
  • Encourage individual behaviour change
  • Foster and encourage role models that promote healthy behaviours and gender equality
  • Promote messaging around the prevention of violence 

For details, contact NRL Tonga, Tavake Fangupo at


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