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ASEAN launches gender-sensitive guidelines for handling women victims of trafficking

Friday, January 25, 2019

Imagine you’re a police officer who has just busted a human trafficking ring. There are a dozen female victims lying on a dingy floor, crying and afraid of what comes next. What can you tell them? Knowing how to interact with a victim of human trafficking is a delicate matter that can be daunting even for experienced frontline workers. There are certain sensitivities that law enforcement... More

In Thailand, high-level visit showcases the impact of empowering women on preventing human trafficking

Monday, January 21, 2019

Standing on the Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge, in Mae Sot, Thailand, it’s hard not to be struck by the sheer number of people making their way across. Up to 10,000 people cross the bridge daily, with more making their way on boats via the river below. On Sunday, Thai officials affirmed to high-level visitors from the Embassies of Canada and Japan that a second Friendship Bridge will be completed in April this year... More

Women’s voices essential to success of global migration compact

Monday, January 7, 2019

Almost half of the world’s migrants are women, yet some countries place bans and restrictions on migration based on gender, marital or maternity status, or require the permission of a male relative. Women may also lack access to the information on migration and recruitment that they need to make empowered decisions and manage the risks. Myanmar migrant workers sew clothes in a factory in Thailand's western province of Mae Sot. Their working day... More

From where I stand: “Don’t tell me how to dress!”

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thai supermodel Cindy Sirinya Bishop is the founder of a campaign to stop victim-blaming, which has galvanized women all over the country. She is now taking the campaign to different platforms, public events, and universities in Thailand and abroad... More

From Where I Stand: From Survivor of Violence to Women’s Rights Advocate

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Violence against women is considered normal in Thai culture. It is justified to the point that most survivors of domestic violence are pushed back into abusive relationships. Stuck in the cycle of violence, the survivors often face harsh social pressure and blaming every time they speak up. I know this all too well, as a women’s rights advocate, human... More

From where I stand: “I launched Thaiconsent to introduce the concept of consent”

Thursday, November 15, 2018

In Thailand, women are no longer willing to stay silent and live with a culture of rape. Launched in 2015 by a young activist, the ThaiConsent campaign is opening spaces for men and women discuss consent... More

Ensuring an enabling environment for Thai women to enter politics: Sharing European and International ideas and best practices

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

As of January 2017, women accounted for only 4.9 per cent of Parliament in Thailand, ranking 184th out of 190 nations globally . Neighbouring countries of Cambodia and Malaysia have at least double the number of women in parliament with rates of 20.3 per cent and 10.4 per cent respectively . Thailand also ranks low on UNDP’s Gender Inequality Index (2017) coming in 93rd place compared to Belgium, which is 5th, and Finland, which is 8th... More

Take Five: “If you are invisible in everyday life, your needs will not be thought of, let alone addressed, in a crisis situation”

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Matcha Phorn-in is the Executive Director of Sangsan Anakot Yaowachon , a civil society organization working with young people from marginalized communities, many of whom are indigenous, in disaster-prone Thai villages at the border with Myanmar. Phorn-in is from an ethnic minority and identifies as a lesbian feminist human-rights defender. Her organization supports women to become leaders and raise their communities... More

Officials of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Thailand recommend steps to protect migrant workers

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Government officials of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Thailand have jointly recommended steps to protect the millions of migrant workers in the region from exploitation and abuse. The officials from various ministries made the recommendations at a 24-25 May consultation that also included employers, civil society and international humanitarian organizations, and United Nations agencies - UN Women, International Organization for Migration... More

Thailand's first "Ring the Bell" event highlights business case for gender equality

Friday, April 6, 2018

Improving women's equal participation in the workplace is essential for the progress of the whole economy and wider society. This was the message at an event held at the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) on 8 March on the occasion of International Women's Day 2018. The event titled "Ring the Bell for Gender Equality 2018" was the first of its kind in the country. It was attended by officials of the SET as well as representatives from the public and private sectors, who expressed enthusiasm for the promotion of gender equality and women's economic empowerment in the business sector... More

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