Myanmar

Burmese female tech pioneer reshapes the future of education and women

Hla Hla Win Yangon, Myanmar “I was an ordinary person with a strong will and desire to do something good for my country, I worked hard and I made it through all the hurdles to succeed in my project. Because of my roots and where I am coming from, many people can relate to my… Continue reading Burmese female tech pioneer reshapes the future of education and women

Myanmar Profile

Myanmar – Overview

Myanmar is a South-East Asian country bordered by India, Bangladesh, Laos, Thailand and China. The largest city is Yangon, which used to be the country’s capital, but was later moved to the newly built city of Naypyidaw. Until 1989, Myanmar was called Burma, this changed because of the name’s colonial origins and because it favored… Continue reading Myanmar – Overview

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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Thailand’s ethnic minorities: The Lahu tribe, a lesson of gender equal society

Thailand: Land of numerous ethnic groups Thailand is an ethnically mixed country: while 75% of the population is of Thai ethnicity, the rest is divided between ethnic Chinese, Malay speaking Muslims, Khmers, Soal or Kui, Karen, Indians and Pakistanis. There are also around 1 million people belonging to hill tribes and living mostly in the… Continue reading Thailand’s ethnic minorities: The Lahu tribe, a lesson of gender equal society

Thailand

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.

Thailand

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

Thailand

Advocating for gender recognition for the Trans community

Prem Bangkok, Thailand “I always smile, but when it comes to work, when it comes to social issues, I know how to fight. I have to fight because I want to see changes happening in my society” My name is Prem, I am 38. I was born in Bangkok and I still live here, my… Continue reading Advocating for gender recognition for the Trans community

Thailand

An unusual path to empowerment

Tar Chiang Mai, Thailand “Now in my life it’s the women who have the power” My name is Tar, I am 27 and I was born outside of Chiang Mai city. I’ve been working in the Women's massage center in Chiang Mai massage for one year now (For more information, click here). Before, when I… Continue reading An unusual path to empowerment

Thailand

Using femininity as strength, not weakness

Thorsaeng Bangkok - Thailand My name is Thorsaeng, I am 30 years old. I come from Bangkok and have lived in the suburbs of Bangkok all my life. I work in a PR (Public Relations) agency. Both my mom and my dad are still working. We are a middle class family and I am an… Continue reading Using femininity as strength, not weakness

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