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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: “A woman with a degree in law not only empowers herself but also society.”

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Honourable Sapana Pradhan Malla is a Supreme Court Justice of Nepal and a former member of the Constituent Assembly and the Committee Against Torture. A champion of women’s rights, she has been instrumental in decriminalizing abortion, criminalizing marital rape, and securing women’s rights to inheritance and reproductive rights. She was interviewed in Kathmandu in December 2019.

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.

Strengthen women’s livelihoods and participation for greater resilience to disasters and climate change in Viet Nam

Monday, December 16, 2019

When Tran Thi My Linh, a 51-year-old rural woman first said that she would replace her rice fields with lotus fields, she raised many eyebrows. In the little commune of Hoa Dong in Phu Yen province, just south of Viet Nam’s capital, Ha Noi, villagers had planted rice for generations. However, with the changing weather patterns in recent years, millions of people have been affected in Phu Yen and in rural Viet Nam in general and people have started looking for new livelihoods.

Vegetable gardens bring veritable gains for women in climate-struck Cambodia

Friday, December 6, 2019

On the road winding into Chreng village in Cambodia’s Pursat province, a group of boys are playing volleyball on an arid plot of land as villagers watch and cheer. Around the corner, 24-year-old Lang Sokang is knee-deep in mulch, unearthing weeds and planting herbs in her garden. Her younger sisters are perched precariously on a wooden platform that serves as a makeshift greenhouse. The girls are carefully transplanting the saplings into little organic cups. In two weeks, the saplings will be ready to be planted in the ground. The sisters tend to the garden after returning from the rice fields in the morning. While they work steadily, a group of men from the village are drinking nearby in merry revelry.

EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN Journeys out of the Ordinary

Thursday, November 28, 2019

In the exhibition, women migrant workers from Indonesia, Myanmar and Philippines share the coping mechanisms they developed to adapt to their new cultural environments and how they overcome the barriers and challenges they encountered during the migration experience. They also send clear and powerful messages addressed to the future generation of women, to their employers or to duty bearers to ensure that violence against women migrant workers is addressed and this shows the need to strengthen labour migration governance and changing social norms perpetuating violence against women migrant workers.

Journeys out of the Ordinary | Elena’s story

Monday, November 25, 2019

I’m 61 years old now, and I have 10 grandchildren. Looking back at my life, I’m proud I was able to send my children to school, and I’m happy that now as a social worker and activist, I’m able to help others who are HIV positive. The main reason I went to work abroad when I was younger was to get away from my husband. He physically, sexually, psychologically and emotionally abused me, especially when he was drunk.

Journeys out of the Ordinary |
Novelita’s story

Monday, November 25, 2019

I was in my third year of college in the Philippines and worked part time as a domestic worker when I took a detour from my studies to go to Qatar to work. My Filipino employers at that time had a grandchild and the parents of that child were moving to Qatar and asked me to go with them to take care of the baby. I had planned to come back and finish my studies later, and I expected to earn a lot of money in Qatar to pay for my studies and to help my parents and siblings.

Journeys out of the Ordinary | Aye Than Dar’s story

Monday, November 25, 2019

I arrived in Thailand to work as a domestic worker 16 years ago. I came from a village where there was no electricity and I didn’t even know how to use a rice cooker or an iron. To pay for the journey, I had agreed to give up six months of my salary to a local broker. And once I arrived, I never heard from the broker again and received no support. In the first place I worked, I was looking after two children, but I couldn’t speak Thai at the time, only a bit of English.

Journeys out of the Ordinary |
Than’s story

Monday, November 25, 2019

Things were not like I imagined they would be when I got to Thailand. My father had remarried, and I lived with him and my stepmother. I worked in a factory packing fish and later in a shrimp peeling factory. But my father and his new wife took all the money that I earned. Some days I didn't even get any food and had no money to buy food for myself.

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