Empowering Thai Women

Nobody’s life is perfect and it’s okay to be imperfect – Kalyakorn Naksompop

“The funny but very sad thing is that people don’t know that our words really matter, that one word can really kill another person, another soul. We joke a lot…

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A worker stands beside floating solar panels for the Sirindhorn Dam hydro-solar farm run by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) in Ubon Ratchathani on February 23, 2022. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Climate change, global warming, net zero emissions – What has Thailand done so far?

Thailand is among many countries facing issues with climate change. With many world leaders committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, what has Thailand done so far? Thai…

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Patama Chantaruck discusses what is holding women back in Thailand’s IT sector

“As a leader, I don’t count how many followers I have. I’d rather count how many female leaders I have promoted. If I can do it, so can they.” Encouraging…

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KBank’s first female CEO, Kattiya Indaravijaya on equal opportunities for all genders in Thailand’s banking sector

“When you’re in business, what you have to do is deliver performance to all the stakeholders. It’s the way that you try to deliver the best results that you can…

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Kesara Manchusree on female leadership in Thailand’s finance industry, including exchange business

“I think that Thailand is one of the countries with the lowest level of gender discrimination in the finance industry.” Females in finance Kesara Manchusree, who is widely known as…

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An exciting life on the waves for a Thai-Australian surfer

“For me, [surfing is] my profession, so it is something that I can do every day. I’m trained at it, it is what I do and it is how I…

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How Thai “feminist” law students are challenging the patriarchy and cultural norms

“Feminism is demanding equal rights for all genders. Everyone can become a feminist, regardless of our gender. We don’t have to believe or fight in the same way, but we…

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Passion comes from within – Chanida Aroonrungsi

“When you look back at your past, how you felt at that moment is still the same, but it’s the way we look and feel about them now which has…

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No one can take your rights away from you – Chumaporn Taengkliang

“The truth is, not every place has been friendly to people like us, because they think we’re going to cause chaos. What we really want is to demand our rights,…

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Empowering the next generation of lawyers for women’s and LGBT rights

“I am here to stand beside transgender women. I used to suffer from the patriarchy, the oppression and the discrimination.” Transgender lawyer Chitchapa Panich expresses her goal, to tackle the…

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Making desserts is an art – Arisara “Chef Paper” Chongphanitkul

“I think making desserts is an art. Desserts are something that fulfills our life, more than other types of food that we eat every day.” The “art” behind Thai desserts…

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It’s not about gender, it’s about competence – Sujira “Chef Aom” Pongmorn

“I never thought I would ever become a successful chef, or even be awarded a Michelin Star, because it’s like the Oscars for chefs. I never thought of that at…

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You have the power within yourself – Busayapa Srisompong

TW: domestic violence, victim-blaming, manipulation “Every time you say something against the status quo, call out against the abuse of power, against the people who are privileged and don’t want…

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Celebrate the strength within you – Nuttha Thongkaew

“[Beauty pageantry] is not about how beautiful or how perfect your body is, but women can express who they are, and what they have done for society.” Miss Face of…

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Be brave, be yourself and be confident – Pinn Janvatanavit

“Being able to feel good from within is empowering… It makes you feel more powerful, and makes you feel more confident [about yourself].” Desserts VS Empowerment “I started this bakery…

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Be loud and proud and celebrate who you are – Anchilee Scott-Kemmis

“Real-size beauty is about you celebrating your individuality, the aspects of your diversity and the unique qualities you have within you. It’s about being proud of who you are and…

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Be unapologetic, but still kind – Thanphuying Sirikitiya Jensen

“A lot of people say that history has gone and it has nothing to do with me. It’s in the past and it has nothing to do with the future,…

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Don’t wait to be perfect to enjoy life – Pavida “Silvy” Moriggi

“The best part for me is the way I overcome my own insecurities, because after I released XL, I just feel like I don’t really give a s*** anymore about…

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Let’s make it happen for the next generation – Kotchakorn Voraarkom

“My passion would always be around environmental degradation of the city where I grew up, which is obviously Bangkok. While doing my studies at Chulalongkorn University, I thought a lot…

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When you are truly yourself, you will feel so much better – Shannon Kalayanamitr

“I think one of the biggest things I’ve learnt is being able to accept who I am, understanding myself, my strengths and weaknesses, being able to build on them and…

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Nothing is too hard to achieve – Sudaporn Seesondee

“I’m happy that I got the bronze medal, and I’m still very excited about it because it feels like an achievement for following my own dream.” The only hope for…

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Don’t just dream, do it – Panipak “Tennis” Wongpattanakit

“In my childhood dreams, I never thought of being part of the Thai national team or winning a gold medal, because, when I was young, I was really skinny and…

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Actions speak louder than words – Nitcharee Peneakchanasak

“If I still feel sorry about the train accident, I would still be at home, and I won’t get to develop my skills. But if I continue to adapt and…

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Listen to yourself and what you really want to do – Jareerat Petchsom

“When I went back home, and I walked along the beach, the beach was changing. Before it used to be really beautiful, with really white sand, but now it’s full…

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Nothing to fear, nothing to lose – Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul

“Bringing good things to life means that whatever we are doing, be it business, industry, banking, tourism or sport, you help people to have a better life, especially people in…

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Everyone should follow their passion and what they love – Oranuch “Mimee” Lerdsuwankij

“You should dare to challenge yourself, and also take as many opportunities as you can, to learn new things.” The advice to the younger generation from Oranuch Lerdsuwankij, CEO and…

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Don’t give up before you try – Pasaree “Captain Tuang” Kangwanpong

“I never dreamt of becoming a pilot.” This is Pasaree Kangwanpong’s admission to us, while reflecting back on her journey to becoming a female pilot for Thailand’s long-established domestic airline, Bangkok…

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You write your own destiny – Dr. Karndee Leopairote

“I have to tell you that I am an achiever.” This is how female CEO, Dr. Karndee Leopairote, who has been considered the ideal “working woman” for many Thais, defines…

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Never say NO to opportunities – Patchari Raksawong

“The opportunity to shake Aung San Suu Kyi’s hand and take a selfie with her… That was a surreal moment.” In 2019, Patchari Raksawong took on the role as the…

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You are more than just your beauty – Amanda Obdam

“When you think of someone beautiful in Thailand, they have to be skinny, to be white and have long hair, and everyone thinks that way.” Miss Universe Thailand 2020, Amanda…

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Don’t accept things because they are the way they are – Pranapda Phornprapa

“When you look around, you wonder why all the secretaries are women, and all the top managers are men.” The question which Pranapda Phornprapa has asked herself throughout her career…

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