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From where I stand: “I can share, I can speak, and I can teach.”

Thursday, April 4, 2019

“I used to have a rice field, but then I borrowed money and put my land as collateral to build a house. My husband did not help, so I had to find a way to pay the debt on my own. In the past, he was very violent, and I could not say anything. Even though I did not want to, I was considering leaving my daughter behind with my parents to migrate to Thailand to find work and pay my debts. Instead, I heard about a programme through CWCC. I attended sessions they organized on topics like... More

From where I stand: “That is what we all want: a peaceful life.”

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Narimbai leads by example when teaching women in her community to lead peaceful lives while supporting their families through entrepreneurship. Photo: UN Women/Joser Dumbrique When I was a kid, I experienced a lot due to conflict. It was hard for me to move around to different places with my parents. We had to leave many of our belongings behind and when we moved, we had to start again, over and over. I was always afraid of my surroundings, and I could not study well. Even if I only... More

From where I stand: “We could be heroines, and we can create peace”

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

“When I was younger, we lived in another community. But when a conflict arose between groups, we had to be evacuated [from our home]. Since my father had passed, my mother was taking care of all eight of us children. We had to get out of our house while there was an encounter taking place. While we were walking, the rebels were still there, fighting. But thank God, none of us got injured. Unfortunately... More

From where I stand: “Thanks to the women’s determination, we brought peace to the community”

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

“There was a time when we had to move to another village because of a clan feud [known as rido in the local language]. During the rido, there were gun fights, and I told my husband that we had to leave because other people said that the young boys would be shot. I feared for my children because they were still small. We stayed in another village for seven years until we came back to Orandang in 2012. This time, the elected chairwoman said that she would help end the rido. Men were... More

Take five: The idea is to make safety a collective enterprise that we all work towards improving

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Kalpana Viswanath is Co-Founder and CEO of SafetiPin, a social enterprise based in India that uses data and technology to support cities in their endeavour to become safer, more inclusive and smarter. Since 2013, Safetipin has worked with more than 30 cities in India and other developing countries, collecting public space data and working with governments to use that data for better planning and maintenance of cities.... More

From where I stand: “They forced me to get pregnant”

Thursday, January 3, 2019

[The broker] convinced my aunty that I could get a job in China. I had stopped school and was not doing anything, so I needed a job. She showed me a picture of a phone factory, and a shoe-making factory. But when I arrived in China in May 2017, they forced me to get pregnant. They gave me pills for 10 days to prepare the womb. Then I went for a medical checkup to see if my womb... More

From where I stand: “If women are knowledgeable and have skills, they can make the impossible possible. They can make peace.”

Friday, December 14, 2018

When I was 14, my father wanted me to marry, and he engaged me to a man from our community without my consent. I said to my father, “I don’t want to marry! I want to study.” But my father said, “You cannot study because there is martial law in Mindanao.” So, I ran away and went to study religion on my own. I started working in radio in 2008, and I was the assistant host for a show. In 2015, I received training from UN Women on how women can be involved in peacebuilding, and now, I am the host of my own show. On my radio show, I ask, “What are the rights and roles of women?”... 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

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