UN Women Thailand established presence to the National Legislative Assembly to commemorate International Women's Day on the theme "Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women's lives"
Bangkok, Thailand — In celebration of the International Women's Day, the Committee on Social, Children, Youth, Women, the Elderly, the Disabled and the Underprivileged Affairs of the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand (NLA) organized the seminar on "Women's Roles in Thailand 4.0" with the objectives to raise awareness and promote gender equality and women's roles advancement in Thailand.
The event was preceded by H.E. Professor Pornpet Wichitcholchai, the NLA President and attended by 150 governmental officials, university students and public audiences. In the event, leading women from different sectors including Mrs. Suwannee Siriwetchapan, Deputy Chairperson of the Committee on Social, Children, Youth, Women, the Elderly, the Disabled and the Underprivileged Affairs, Mrs. Surangkana Wayuparb, Executive Director of Electronic Transactions Development Agency (Public Organization) and Mrs. Kesara Manchusree, President of Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) were invited to share inspiring stories and perspectives on women status and gender equality including challenges, gaps and ways forward to advance women's roles in Thailand.
Vipunjit Ketunuti, Country Programme Coodinator for Thailand and Lao PDR, UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, was invited as a panelist to share global commitment on gender equality as part of IWD 2018 under the theme "Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women's lives" and the campaign in Thailand "Ring the Bell" in partnership with the Embassy of Sweden and SET and twin-track approach of SDG 5 in promoting gender equality and women's empowerment in making progress for sustainable development and mainstreaming gender equality across other goals and the 2030 Agenda. In promoting rural women in Thailand, UN Women works with local CSOs and women's groups in the Southern Border Provinces on economic and livelihood empowerment to enhance women's capacity and skills on legal and livelihoods instruments. With increased knowledge and skills, women have transformed their roles from vulnerable to agent of change to promote social cohesion in local communities.