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Hand over the mic to: Naruthai Tansukasem, Thailand

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Naruthai Tansukasem, 20, became a singer in the girls-led band, ‘Siamese Kittenz’, at age 12, with a passion for stage performance and dancing. After being in the group for six years, she quit because of the online harassment that’s all too common and often unaddressed in the entertainment industry.

What happened after COVID-19 hit: Thailand

Monday, November 16, 2020

Naiyapak Chaipan works for the 1300 Hotline, managed by the Thai government’s Social Assistance Centre that assists women seeking to leave abusive and violent situations. Ms. Chaipan’s work has doubled as the COVID-19 lockdown and travel restrictions have left many women confined with their abusers at home. Like in many other countries, the hotline has become a critically essential platform to provide information and refer survivors to the support services they require.

Press release: 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.

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

Thursday, April 30, 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.

I am Generation Equality: Ramida “Jennie” Juengpaisal, designer and developer of a COVID-19 tracker in Thailand

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Ramida Juengpaisal, 24, from Thailand, is a digital product designer and front-end developer from 5 Lab Group co., ltd. a creative software company that created the COVID-19 Tracker in Thailand. She aims to bridge design and technology to make a better society.

From where I stand: “Policies and regulation can be updated day-to-day…we have to quickly and firmly handle the situation”

Monday, April 20, 2020

Nicha Nitinavakarn is a police captain working in the Arrival Immigration Bureau at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, where women make up most of the workforce. Her responsibilities include passport check, entry approval and problem-solving for all arrival issues. She is one of the many women who are part of the essential workforce as four billion people around the world are under stay-home orders to curb the spread of COVID-19

Voices from the front lines of COVID-19

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

UN Women is bringing the voices of women on the front lines of the pandemic. As essential workers, care givers and journalists, here are some s(h)eroes who are out there, every day, protecting and serving their communities.

My take, your take: Women’s rights in Thailand, and men’s role in advancing them

Monday, February 24, 2020

In this new intergenerational series for the Generation Equality campaign, young people take the lead to shape the conversations. Zaak Garrett, 25, a US student and gender activist currently based in Thailand, talks with Jaded Chouwilai, 57, the founder of Thailand’s Women and Men Progressive Movement Foundation.

I am Generation Equality: Cindy Sirinya Bishop, celebrity and activist

Monday, February 24, 2020

Cindy Sirinya Bishop is a Thai supermodel, actor, TV host and activist, who’s challenging social attitudes around sexual violence and the treatment of victims. She created an exhibition with UN Women, which sparked a public conversation and social media campaign, #donttellmehowtodress in Thailand about sexual harassment and assault.

From where I stand: “If we talk more about sexual harassment in our society, we’ll change mindsets”

Monday, November 18, 2019

Law graduate and Thai women’s rights activist Thararat Panya, 23, used her experience of sexual assault to drive change at the Thammasat University in Bangkok.

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 how migrant women workers can avoid the hazards of human trafficking by learning about their rights and developing their work skills.

Empowering South Asian women migrant workers through improved contracts

Monday, July 1, 2019

Ensuring that women know their rights as migrant workers, including what should be in their employment contracts, is a crucial step in protecting them from abuse and exploitation – especially since some are not aware that their rights are being violated.

Using AI in accessing justice for survivors of violence

Thursday, May 30, 2019

In Thailand, an Artificial Intelligence chat bot offers support to help survivors of sexual violence navigate the justice process.

From where I stand: “I launched Thaiconsent to introduce the concept of consent”

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

In Thailand, women are no longer willing to stay silent and live with a culture of rape. Launched in 2015 by a young activist, the ThaiConsent campaign is opening spaces for men and women discuss consent.

From where I stand: “Don’t tell me how to dress!”

Monday, November 12, 2018

Thai supermodel Cindy Sirinya Bishop is the founder of a campaign to stop victim-blaming, which has galvanized women all over the country. She is now taking the campaign to different platforms, public events, and universities in Thailand and abroad.

Take Five: “If you are invisible in everyday life, your needs will not be thought of, let alone addressed, in a crisis situation”

Monday, July 23, 2018

Matcha Phorn-in is the Executive Director of Sangsan Anakot Yaowachon, a civil society organization working with young people from marginalized communities, many of whom are indigenous, in disaster-prone Thai villages at the border with Myanmar. Phorn-in is from an ethnic minority and defines herself as a lesbian feminist human-rights defender, and her organization, supports women to become leaders and raise their communities' awareness regarding human rights, gender equality, and issues of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and sex characteristics.

Women’s leadership, the missing ingredient for peace in Thailand’s southern border provinces

Friday, March 2, 2018

Patimoh Sadiyamu, 52, is from an impoverished rural area in Thailand, where Muslim women hardly stepped outside their homes. But with the help of education and support from her parents, she became the first woman to hold the position of provincial governor in Thailand’s southern border provinces of Narathiwat, and strongly believes that women’s participation in the peace process is imperative. This is also the premise of a UN Women’s programme “Empowering women leaders and young people to build resilient, cohesive and peaceful communities in the southern border provinces of Thailand”.

Asia-Pacific countries commit to empower rural women and girls at high-level UN forum

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Senior officials from ministries responsible for agriculture, rural development and gender equality across Asia and the Pacific have agreed on key priorities for advancement of rural women's and girls' human rights at the Asia-Pacific High-level Meeting for the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) concluded in Bangkok on 23 February.

A UN Women booklet helps smooth the journey for Lao migrant workers in Thailand

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

UN Women's Safe Migration Booklet, which features the always-upbeat Thai cartoon character Noohin (Little Hin), tells the migrants everything they need to know to make their journeys smooth and trouble-free.

In the words of Nongnee Kondii: “I was told that being a lesbian woman is a sin”

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Discriminatory stereotypes, cultural norms and attitudes that normalize and trivialize violence against women and girls are prevalent in every part of the world. Nongnee Kondii*, 25, from Yala, a southern border province of Thailand, never felt safe expressing her sexual orientation at home or in her community. When she experienced a traumatic sexual assault, she kept silent at first. In May 2016, after participating in a gender retreat for young people organized by Rainbow Sky Association(RSAT), an organization that works to promote the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual women, transgender and intersex persons (LGBTI) in Thailand, supported by the UN Trust Fund to end Violence against Women (managed by UN Women), Kondii decided to speak out and pursue the path of justice. With funding from the UN Trust Fund, RSAT continues to organize workshops with LGBTI individuals in Thailand to support them to combat stigma based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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