Myanmar

Women from the whole world should come together

Thereza Yangon, Myanmar “I’ve lived on my own in Yangon since I was 16 so I’m very independent” My name is Thereza, I am 24 years old. My father was a simple farmer, he passed away when I was 11. My mom is a housewife and after my father died, she remarried. We also lived… Continue reading Women from the whole world should come together

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

Thailand Profile

The ripples of the military coup on women in Thailand

A rapid descent into dictatorship Since the 2014 military coup, Thailand has not ceased to carry on an oppressive and repressive regime and has quickly descended into a dictatorship. Three years after the coup, the all-men junta still arrests and prosecutes critics of the government, bans political activity, censors the media, stifles freedom of speech,… Continue reading The ripples of the military coup on women in Thailand

Thailand Profile

Thailand: the LGBTIQ+ paradise?

Thailand is a country that seems rather accepting of diverse gender identities. Indeed, Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism even uses this image to promote tourism in Thailand as a paradise for the LGBTIQ+ community. Indeed this community seems to have much more visibility in Thailand, as shown by the election in 2012 of Yollada “Nok” Suanyot,… Continue reading Thailand: the LGBTIQ+ paradise?

Thailand

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

Thailand

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

Cambodia Profile

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

Cambodia

A dose of Cath: A face for the new generation of feminists in Cambodia

Catherine Phnom Penh, Cambodia “Feminism is new in Cambodia.” My name is Catherine Harry, I am 22 years old and I live in Phnom Penh.  I study Mass media and am currently in my 3rd year. I’m an only child but I have half siblings from my dad’s side. Not from a previous marriage, my… Continue reading A dose of Cath: A face for the new generation of feminists in Cambodia

Cambodia

Empowering women: A family story

Nhek Phnom Penh, Cambodia. “My grandma wanted to show them different so she raised her daughters to be better than what people were expecting.” My name is Nhek Pichponreingseiy. I am 19 years old and I was born and raised in Phnom Penh. I am from a middle class family and  am a second year… Continue reading Empowering women: A family story