International Women’s Day
Young changemakers come together to mark International Women’s Day in Asia-Pacific
Date: Monday, March 9, 2020
Author: Diego De La Rosa
Bangkok, Thailand — Six young changemakers working on different areas ranging from violence against women and climate change to indigenous women and LGBTQ issues, came together in Bangkok on 9 March to join the Asia-Pacific Commemoration of International Women’s Day (IWD), hosted by the United Nations.
At the event, organized as an interactive dialogue under the global IWD theme “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”, participants had the opportunity to hear first-hand experiences on how to strengthen advocacy efforts and youth-led movements advancing gender equality and women’s rights in the Asia-Pacific region.
The panel included Net Supatravanij, co-founder of Ila Generation, a social enterprise working to empowers sexual violence survivors with an innovative skills-training program that allows them to access jobs; Zaak Garett, youth, gender equality and LGBTIQ activist, founder of #PolicyPlease, a campaign that stands against sexual harassment and violence on campus and advocates for comprehensive sexual harassment policy on university campuses in Thailand; Nanticha (Lynn) Ocharoenchai, journalist and environmental advocate, founder of Climate Strike Thailand, the Thai chapter of the international movement of school students who demonstrate to demand action to address climate change; Sohaila Rezaee, young psychologist from Afghanistan, Founder of Young Emerging Leaders and winner of the prestigious N-Peace Award; Dr. Nantanoot Suwannawut, researcher at the Bureau of Special Education Administration of the Thai Ministry of Education, where she has been working on inclusive education and access technologies for persons with disabilities and Pirawan Wongnithisathaporn, an Indigenous Karen woman from Thailand, currently working on climate change issues for the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact.
Today, we're to celebrating #InternationalWomensDay with an interactive dialogue featuring young change-makers working to realize women's rights in #AsiaPacific #GenerationEquality#IWD2020 pic.twitter.com/mOXACpseZY— UN Women AsiaPacific (@unwomenasia) March 9, 2020
🗣️ “I am #GenerationEquality.”— United Nations ESCAP (@UNESCAP) March 9, 2020
Engaging, solution-oriented dialogue at #IWD2020 commemoration in #Bangkok. Change makers & women's rights champions raise their voice for realizing women’s rights for an equal future in #AsiaPacific. ♀️♂️ pic.twitter.com/sq7ztKrbfP
"We know where we want to go. And we know what is needed to get there. So let us all commit ourselves to being changemakers for gender equality in our own families, workplaces & communities. #GenerationEquality starts with us!"— UN Women AsiaPacific (@unwomenasia) March 9, 2020
- @AKUNWomen#InternationalWomensDay #AsiaPacific pic.twitter.com/ttysW2zARM
‘Indigenous women are not only victims, but we also provide the solutions to address climate change’ - Khun Pirawan of @aippnet at #GenerationEquality #IWD2020 event. Strong call that “words are not enough - we need your action and we cannot wait!’ pic.twitter.com/jyAohLxLCp— Anna-Karin Jatfors (@AKUNWomen) March 9, 2020