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Thai student photo exhibition shows that female entertainers are ‘NOT OBJECTS’

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Many people may adore the young female singers who enjoy the bright lights and legions of fans. But there’s another side that few people ever think about: These “idols” often are treated by society as mere sexual objects and not human beings with dignity and rights. Undergraduates from two leading universities in Bangkok created a photo exhibition called GIRLS, NOT OBJECTS to try to raise awareness about this harmful “objectification culture” in Thailand’s entertainment industry.

Take Five: “It is time for us to redefine the message”

Monday, January 13, 2020

Pranapda (Pam) Phornprapha, founder of the Dragonfly gender equality movement and one of the leading businesswomen of Thailand, talks about why she decided to champion gender equality. In November 2019, UN Women collaborated with Dragonfly on a summit to tackle gender inequality and challenge social norms in South-East Asia.

High-level visit showcases Thai town working to end human trafficking

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

At first glance, Chiang Khong is like any other town in northern Thailand. Lined with hotels and restaurants, the river offers passersby a glimpse of Lao PDR on the other side. A bridge connecting the two countries means a steady flow of trade and travelers. But 20 years ago, Nunnaree Luangmoi confronted a major problem in the town: pervasive human trafficking and violence against women and girls.

Turning the page on stereotypes at the Human Library event

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Survivors and activists of discrimination and violence became living books to share their personal experiences of discrimination, inequality and violence, at the Human Library event in Bangkok earlier this month. The event was hosted by UN Women in collaboration with Bangkok Rising, the Embassy of France, and the Embassy of the Netherlands was held at the Thai branch of the Alliance Française and was part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

From where I stand: “I have to train harder to be seen at the same level as the male fighters.”

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

“I was born on a farm in Rayong, a province just a couple hours south of Bangkok, Thailand. I started muay thai at the age of five to combat the bullying that I faced in school because I was shorter and smaller than most of the other students. My father was also a muay thai fighter and I joined his gym, which started my journey into martial arts.

HeForShe takes the message of gender equality to students and staff in university tour

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The HeForShe University Tour sparked debate across Bangkok campuses, driving several institutions to recognize the urgency of addressing gender inequality and violence on campus. In the wake of the tour, supported by UN Women, several leading Thai universities have launched or renewed commitments to strengthening partnerships between faculty and students, and to develop further research on gender-based inequality and violence.

Thai University Students Shape Campuses to be More Equal with the HeForShe University Tour

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

[Press release] Students of Chulalongkorn University today raised their voices to bring gender equality conversations out in the open at universities to create a safe and gender-equal campus for all at the very first kick-off event of the HeForShe University Tour in Bangkok. Together with Chulalongkorn University, three more universities-Thammasat (10 September), Webster University in Thailand (11 September) and Mahidol University (13 September)-partnered with UN Women to launch the HeForShe University Tour.

HeForShe University Tour: Bringing Gender Equality to Your Campus!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

[Media Advisory] Media representatives are invited to attend the HeForShe University Tour: Bringing Gender Equality To Your Campus! event on 9 September at Chulalongkorn University.

From where I stand: “After living with despair, I decided to make a difference to the lives of women”

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Hannah Meltzer, 35, is a teacher, drama director, activist, creator of Wonder Women Bangkok community, and a leader of Bangkok Rising, a local advocacy group that is focused on raising awareness about eliminating gender-based violence in Thailand and beyond. She was also the director for the performance of The Vagina Monologues as part of UNiTE campaign, led by UN Women. Her work supports Sustainable Development Goal 5, which aims to promote gender equality and end violence against all women and girls.

From where I stand: “I created ‘Under the Ropes’ as a platform to discuss gender discrimination in the world of Muay Thai and beyond”

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Muay Thai has been so empowering for me, but at the same time, it’s also shown me over and over again that as a woman, I am not viewed as equal to the men I share the gym space with. While male fighters enter the ring by going over the top rope, female fighters have to crouch down and crawl underneath the bottom one. Then there are rings which we are not allowed to enter at all. At the most prestigious stadium in Thailand you will see signs that say ‘ladies, do not touch the ring’.

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