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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’.

Thai designer raises funds to help refugee women and girls

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Leading Thai designer and entertainer Vatanika Patamasingh hosted a gala event to raise funds for the life-changing work of UN Women supporting women and girls living in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh. Actors, journalists and CEOs of Thai and Chinese businesses were among the about 60 people who attended the 26 June gala dinner in Bangkok that Vatanika hosted to celebrate the responses to her donation drive and to raise awareness about UN Women’s work in Cox’s Bazar.

Breaking the silence on violence against women in Thailand through the Vagina Monologues

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Many of the more than 100 people in the audience raved about the performance of the stage play The Vagina Monologues, which UN Women organized at the United Nations regional headquarters in Bangkok on 25 June. The 25th is the United Nation’s monthly Orange Day to raise awareness about violence against women and girls. The play by American playwright and activist Eve Ensler has been staged all over the world.

UN Women incoming Deputy Executive Director visits Thailand, meets migrant women workers along the border towns

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

During a visit to Thailand, UN Women incoming Deputy Executive Director Anita Bhatia visited a market town bordering Myanmar this week to see first-hand howmigrant women workers can avoid the hazards of human trafficking by learning about their rights and developing their work skills. The visit to Mae Sot district in Western Thailand-- which shares a border with Myanmar to the west-- was to see aUnited Nations programme which addresses prevention oftrafficking and works to mitigate the harmful impacts of the migrant flow to Thailand. About 120,000 migrants from Myanmar now live in Mae Sot, two decades after the first Thailand-Myanmar Friendship bridge opened. A second bridge just opened in April, amid growing prosperity along the border areas.

Using gender data to tell stories and spur social change in Asia Pacific

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Numbers often tell a story, but when it comes to gender issues, data is often missing or misunderstood. Where gender data does exist, and it is presented effectively to paint a vivid picture of gaps and progress, it can be an important driver of development projects and initiatives for social change. To encourage and expand the use of data in reporting gender stories and accomplishments, 25 participants from eight countries in Asia-Pacific took part in a Workshop on communicating gender data: promoting better use and delivering impactful messages. Jointly organized by UN Women’s Gender Statistics team and the Statistical Office of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

Stopping sexual harassment by drunk ‘friends’

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Mint Wongvorakul was holding interviews for her university thesis on sexual harassment when she was told this by an 18-year-old high school student, and she knew she had to do something to get people to re-think their ideas about sexual harassment. “Most teenagers today will have a pre-drink before they go out the nightclub, so this is a game I expect them to play before going out,” she said. In the first part of the game, each player ranks how they perceive a range of behaviours such as kissing, dancing beside a partner and putting an arm around their shoulder. Through this, they define what actions they are comfortable with and what they would consider to be sexual harassment. Wongvorakul found in her online survey of 176 Thai women aged 18 to 50 that they have different views of each of these behaviours. “I realised that it’s up to the rights and desires of each woman,” she said.

Using AI in accessing justice for survivors of violence

Monday, June 3, 2019

To provide much-needed information to survivors, Lieutenant Colonel Mekhiyanont turned to Artificial Intelligence, or AI, in short. She started developing a chat bot that would offer a “holistic approach to help victims from the beginning to the end” of the justice process. MySis Bot is a chat bot that can provide 24/7 information services for survivors of violence. A woman facing domestic violence can for instance, message MySis Bot via Facebook Messenger and it will immediately respond with information about how to report to the police.

Encourage innovation to promote gender equality, urges a UN Women-supported seminar

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

How can technological and social innovations improve the lives of women and girls in Asia? Experts discussed this question at a 23 April seminar that UN Women organized in partnership with the Embassy of Finland, the European Union (EU) Delegation to Thailand, and Chulalongkorn University. About 50 people including Chulalongkorn students attended the seminar, held at Siam Innovation District.

UN Women and Thailand Institute of Justice strengthen partnership to ensure female victims can get justice

Friday, April 19, 2019

UN Women signed an agreement today with the Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ) to strengthen their partnership to help women and girls who have experienced abuse and violence secure legal protection and justice. The partnership will focus on joint activities based on United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5 for gender equality, Goal 16 for peace, justice and security and Goal 17 for building sustainable partnerships. Countries worldwide including Thailand have agreed to try to achieve these and other goals by 2030.

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