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    Reforming Thailand: a dual challenge

    Oped, Published on 18/01/2023

    » Thailand needs to gain competitiveness in the global economy. However, two hindrances come to mind: old leaders and outdated laws.


    Let's talk about gun control in Thailand

    Oped, Boonwara Sumano, Published on 12/10/2022

    » Oct 6 marks one of the most tragic days in Thailand's history. Back in 1976, hundreds of students and protesters were attacked and killed at Thammasat University's Tha Prachan campus. Last week, 37 people, 24 of them preschool kids, lost their lives in a gun and knife attack at a childcare centre in Nong Bua Lam Phu province.


    A city blind to half of its population

    Oped, Boonwara Sumano, Published on 16/03/2022

    » At the end of 2021, Bangkok had 5.52 million residents -- 53% of whom (2.93 million) are women.


    16 Days: Just say no to sexual violence

    News, Published on 08/12/2021

    » This Friday is not only Human Rights Day but also the last day of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, an annual campaign that began on Nov 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.


    Measuring well-being in Thai society

    News, Boonwara Sumano, Published on 24/11/2021

    » Social development is like a marathon, where many run together, often for a common cause, toward a singular goal. Unlike a sprint, a marathon takes hours to finish. Outcomes of social development also take time to reveal themselves. That is why actors in the social development landscape often ask -- or are asked --if they are making progress, and how far it will take to reach the goal.


    New tactics to help migrant workers

    Oped, Published on 28/07/2021

    » It is now clear that this pandemic has hit vulnerable populations the hardest. Despite being one of the most vulnerable groups in society, migrant workers, including their family members, have been left with little care from the government. Despite helping the Thai economy for so long, there is no clear policy and little assistance to support migrant workers during this pandemic. This has to change if we seriously want to curb this crisis.


    Closing worker camps needs a rethink

    Oped, Published on 07/07/2021

    » On June 27, the government announced that accommodation for workers both inside and outside of construction sites, transformation sites or demolition sites would be temporarily closed, while movement of workers would be prohibited temporarily for at least 30 days. The government reacted quickly in response to the growing number of clusters of Covid-19 cases. However, the government should also realise that closing down camp sites alone may not be able to help contain the virus unless there are measures to properly address the movement and health of migrant workers as follows.


    Migrant workers must get shots too

    Oped, Published on 23/06/2021

    » On March 4, the Ministry of Labour planned to discuss with the Social Security Board about offering free Covid‐19 vaccines to migrant workers who were insured under the social security programme. Migrant workers are vital to Thai industries and the economy; therefore, they should not be left out of the vaccination programme, said the labour minister.


    A 'culture of silence' at work is not OK

    Oped, Published on 10/03/2021

    » Every year on March 8, we celebrate International Women's Day to recognise the progress we have made in women's social, economic and political advancement. And every year, we still hear about heart-rending incidents that make us realise that we still have a long way to go towards a safer world for women and girls.


    Abuse against women still prevalent

    Oped, Boonwara Sumano, Published on 25/11/2020

    » In December 1999, the United Nations designated Nov 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to commemorate the murder of the Mirabal sisters, the three Dominican political activists who opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in 1960. Today marks the 20th celebration of said day, and therefore it might be worthwhile to review the current situation of violence against women in Thailand.

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