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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.

Asia-Pacific calls for decisive measures to promote women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Asia-Pacific policy dialogue on “Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work”, held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok from 23–24 February, concluded by recommending decisive measures to remove the barriers to women’s economic empowerment. The recommendations will inform the upcoming Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) in New York in March 2017.

Empowering refugee women and girls

Monday, January 9, 2017

A UN Trust Fund project informs residents of the services available in refugee camps along the Myanmar-Thailand border, including three safe houses that offer psychosocial support. It runs workshops to raise awareness about violence against women and the rights of women and girls. Thousands of adolescents, male and female, have attended the workshops.

Press release: ITU and UN Women announce winners of the 2016 GEM-TECH Awards

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The third annual GEM-TECH event showcases the key role ICTs play in advancing women’s empowerment worldwide

GEM-TECH Award Winners to be announced on 15 November in Bangkok

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The third annual GEM-TECH Award will transform the lives of people who empower women in ICT

Creating “happy homes” for domestic workers in Asia Pacific

Monday, September 12, 2016

With the support of UN Women and the Government of Australia, IOM X, in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development, have undertaken advocacy efforts to address the situation of domestic workers. They produced and launched Open Doors video series as part of the IOM X Happy Home Campaign in May 2016. The videos use dramatized stories based on the challenges faced by domestic workers and appeal to employers to form positive and respectful relationships with their domestic workers.

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri visits Thailand and Indonesia

Thursday, April 7, 2016

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri visited to Thailand to promote good governance of labour migration and mobility and visited Indonesia for an ASEAN-UN Secretariat-to-Secretariat meeting.

Asia-Pacific makes strides in implementing CEDAW

Thursday, December 10, 2015

On Human Rights Day, a spotlight on regional programmes to end discrimination and ensure women’s human rights in Southeast Asia.

Executive Director addresses young women and girls at World YWCA Council

Monday, October 19, 2015

On 16 October 2015, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka attended a remarkable event in Bangkok organized by the YWCA to expand the advocacy on gender equality and women’s rights and symbolically pass the torch to the next generation of feminists.

Speech by UN Women Executive Director at the 28th World YWCA Council

Friday, October 16, 2015

Speech delivered by UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on 16 October 2015, at the 28th World YCA Council, “Bold and transformative leadership – Toward 2035,” held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 11–16 October 2015.

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