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Groups supported by EU and UN tell of their help for Thailand’s female migrant workers

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Continuing efforts must be made to ensure that women migrant workers in Thailand are safe from violence and can access essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic, say civil society groups supported by a European Union-United Nations programme. These services must be improved but at the same time made more available to all women migrant workers regardless of their immigration status, said Poonsap Tulaphan, the director of Foundation for Labour and Employment Promotion.

Thai celebrity Cindy Sirinya Bishop campaigning for women’s rights as new UN Women Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Thai celebrity and rights activist Cindy Sirinya Bishop is working to stop violence and other abuses against women as the newly appointed UN Women Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific. Bishop, 41, is a model and actress who is best known as the host of Asia's Next Top Model, a television show broadcast in most countries in the region.

COVID-19 response and recovery efforts need to address systemic gender inequality issues, experts say

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

National strategies to recover from the devastation of COVID-19 must include steps to end the gender inequality that has made women particularly vulnerable to the crisis, experts from around the Asia-Pacific region say. The Beijing+25 Expert Group, with representatives from 22 countries, met online on 15-16 September to review progress on carrying out the Asia-Pacific Declaration on Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.

In Thailand, #HeforSheAtHome rallies men and boys to cook, clean and care for equality

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

With COVID-19 shutdowns shining a light on gender inequality in the home, thousands of Thai men respond by embracing the #HeForSheAtHome campaign and taking on their fair share of household labor and standing up against violence.

I am quite afraid of the spread, but I have no other choice: no work, no pay

Saturday, June 27, 2020

“While everyone is trying to avoid touching surfaces, there is a group of workers who are contending with COVID-19 on the surfaces they are cleaning. Malinee Kongpan, one of the cleaners for the Bangkok Transit System, is working harder to keep all the surfaces at BTS stations hygienic.”

Building resilience within our ecosystem and beyond

Friday, June 26, 2020

During crises, volunteers play a vital role to provide support to people. Since the spread of COVID-19, they are working hard to help manage the situation. By doing so, they are staying at the frontline and are at high risk.

Against the Odds: Stories from women in Thailand during COVID19

Friday, June 26, 2020

Authors:  Vipunjit Ketunuti and Saranya Chittangwong Photo: Courtesy of Irene The impact of COVID-19 has impacted the limited progress that has been made on gender equality and women’s rights. The pandemic poses a serious threat to women’s engagement in economic activities which leads to devastating social and economic consequences for women and girls which includes unemployment, increased unpaid care work and limited access to services. Although COVID-19 is...

Let us eat – How food vendor Sawan Panthaisong in Sukhumvit is surviving COVID-19

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Since the rapid spread of COVID-19, street food markets have turned into ghost towns. Many street food vendors need to figure out ways to survive. Sawan Panthaisong, a food vendor, is still serving food to consumers by adapting her small business to the changes.

Take five: In the war against COVID-19, “soldiers do not fight for themselves, but they fight for someone behind.”

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Lipikar Nilsamai, 40, is a nurse at BNH Hospital, a major private hospital in Bangkok with a special unit for COVID-19 cases.

From where I stand: “Stay home and stay safe—but what if home is where she feels unsafe?”

Friday, May 1, 2020

Sia Kukaewkasem is an advocate, social worker and survivor of domestic violence. For most people in Mae Sot, north of Thailand, she is a “big sister and friend” who listens and cares for others. With four billion people around the world sheltering at home, many women are trapped in isolation with abusive partners, unable to access life-saving resources and support systems.

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