One woman’s way of empowering female ex-prisoners

“Ex-prisoners face a lot of discrimination and it is even harder for female ex-prisoners. They are excluded by their social and economic status and by their gender” My name is Thunyanun Yajom but my nickname is Jinny. I am 43 years old. I am from a town near Chiang Mai and now I live in Chiang… Continue reading One woman’s way of empowering female ex-prisoners


The normalization of gender discrimination

Anonymous Bangkok, Thailand “When I was a child I thought women should take care of the household (…) no one told me, I just saw it around me” I’m 32 years old. I live in Bangkok but originally I’m from the northeast region of Thailand. I’m working for an NGO that focuses on refugees at… Continue reading The normalization of gender discrimination

Thailand Profile

Women in Thai Soap Operas: a violent objectification

The usual storyline Thai soap operas are very popular in Thailand. They are called Lakorn, and their portrayal of women has recently been questioned. In lakorn, it is far from rare to witness rape scenes. In fact, these are exceptionally common, according to the Thai Ministry of Health, 80% of Lakorn feature scenes of rape… Continue reading Women in Thai Soap Operas: a violent objectification


Moving towards gender equality through economic empowerment

Mong Chiang Mai – Thailand “This patience makes me strong” My name is Mong. I am 36 years old. I was born in Chiang Mai. My parents are from one of the districts of Mae Hong Son province, along the Thai-Burmese border. My parents moved to Chiang Mai for work, so I was born here,… Continue reading Moving towards gender equality through economic empowerment

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Thailand – Overview

The land of coups The Kingdom of Thailand (meaning Land of the Free), formerly known as Siam until 1949, is a country at the center of Southeast Asia and has a multi ethnic population of around 64 million people with over 90 percent of the population being Buddhist. Thailand is a constitutional monarchy and has switched between democracy… Continue reading Thailand – Overview

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Sport for gender equality

The power of sport in promoting peace and reaching development objectives has often been ignored and disrespected through history. Yet, it has been recognized by the United Nations as a fundamental right and as a critical tool to achieve the Global Goals. In 1978, UNESCO described sport and physical education as a “fundamental right for… Continue reading Sport for gender equality


Scoring for women’s rights

Kimleang Battambang, Cambodia “Now I walk with my head up (...) because I know who I am” My name is Kimleang Chonran. I am 19 years old and am from Battambang. Since the age of 14 I am part of the Mighty Girls female football team, one of the most renowned female football team in… Continue reading Scoring for women’s rights

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Girls’ education: current challenges in Cambodia

“I am those of the 66 million girls who are deprived of education” - Malala Yousafzai Nobel Lecture, 2014 Peace Prize When we asked a little girl from the remote village of Prey Dak, in the countryside of Battambang province, what she would like to do in the future, she answered straight away “I want to… Continue reading Girls’ education: current challenges in Cambodia

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Gender based violence under the Khmer Rouge regime

During interviews and through our research, the times of the Khmer Rouge have come back relentlessly. A dark period of Cambodian history that still defines the state of the country today, both economically and socially. A dark past In the late 60’s, Cambodia experienced periods of instability due to the influence of war between Vietnam… Continue reading Gender based violence under the Khmer Rouge regime