Thailand Profile

Thailand’s sex industry: an open secret

It is estimated that the sex industry in Thailand is worth 6.4 billion US$ a year. According to the government, 200,000 people work as prostitutes, but numbers on prostitution are controversial as it is an underground industry. NGOs are talking about much higher figures: around 2.8 million people are thought to be involved in this… Continue reading Thailand’s sex industry: an open secret

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Women don’t have to be strong. They are strong.

Kate T. Mae Sot, Thailand   “I am kind of a free spirited person” My name is Kate, I am 43 years old. I am from Bangkok and I came to Mae Sot, at the Thai-Burmese border for work. I work for Handicap International as Child Development Advisor. I have been working for this organization… Continue reading Women don’t have to be strong. They are strong.

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When raising your voice can cost you your freedom

Anonymous Mae Sot, Thailand “I think I can inspire other women to become independent” I am originally from Northern Thailand, I have lived in Bangkok, in Chiang Mai, later I moved to work in the deep south of Thailand and then I moved to Mae Sot for work 7 months ago. I don’t have children and… Continue reading When raising your voice can cost you your freedom

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#ItHappenedToMeToo: A survivor of domestic violence helping other women to raise their voices

Busayapa Bangkok, Thailand  "I grew up the opposite way of what Thai society expects a woman to be" My name is Busayapa Srisompong, but I go with the Thai nickname “Best”, in the 90s it was trendy for parents to give English nicknames to their kids, so I ended up with the nickname “Best”. I… Continue reading #ItHappenedToMeToo: A survivor of domestic violence helping other women to raise their voices

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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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We won’t be silent anymore

Kosal Khoeut Battambang, Cambodia “After my dad passed away, my mother told me I don’t know how to read and write, I want my children to know better” My name is Kosal and am 27 years old. I live in Battambang in Cambodia. I run a business with my partner in Battambang. We have opened a… Continue reading We won’t be silent anymore

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Kicking gender stereotypes away

Nipha Battambang, Cambodia “We are not encouraged to play any sports at all; we are told to be quiet and gentle.” My name is Nipha, I am 23 years old and I am the coach of a male football team of Cambodia. In Cambodia it is hard for young women to pursue their dreams and… Continue reading Kicking gender stereotypes away

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Getting off the beaten track

Sinath Battambang, Cambodia.  “I am so proud of my parents because they are farmers, but they still provided us with the best education they could afford” My name is Sinath, I am 33 years old. My parents are from Ostuk village which is a small village about 25km from Battambang town. During the Khmer Rouge,… Continue reading Getting off the beaten track

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Not shy nor quiet – fighting to challenge gender roles

Bopha Battambang, Cambodia “In Cambodia, boys are considered to be a lot smarter than girls” In Cambodia, boys are supposed to be a lot smarter than girls. One day, my mom told me that I had to clean the house. I asked her “why can’t I go to school? My brother is free, he can… Continue reading Not shy nor quiet – fighting to challenge gender roles

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From bald to bold

Suzin Bahc South Korean woman met in Phnom Penh, Cambodia   “I have experienced situations where I felt extremely vulnerable”  My name is Suzin Bahc, I am 31 years old. I am currently living in Melbourne, Australia, but I am from South Korea. Back when I was living in South Korea, I have experienced situations… Continue reading From bald to bold