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UN Women and Cindy Sirinya Bishop to launch a new exhibition on challenging misconceptions of sexual violence in Thailand

The #metoo movement has become a global outcry and, eventually, even spurred a movement (#donttellmehowtodress) here in Thailand that seems to hit society in a vulnerable place by talking about an issue that is so often ignored. In order to shine more light on sexual assault UN Women and Cindy Sirinya Bishop launch a new exhibition on challenging misconceptions of sexual violence in Thailand.

Below the announcement by UN Woman Asia & the Pacific. Supporting the event (https://www.facebook.com/events/2093474170932487/) is highly encouraged!

WHAT: An exhibition “The Social Power Exhibition against Sexual Assault” with a panel discussion and an interview

WHEN: 13.00-14.30 hrs., Monday 25, June 2018

WHERE: Fashion Hall, Siam Paragon, Bangkok, Thailand

WHY:

The response to the outpouring of #MeToo around the world has been of outrage at the scale of sexual abuse and violence that the movement has revealed. The millions of people joining the hashtag tide showed us how little they were heard before. They poured through the floodgates, opening up conversations, naming names calling for justice and bolstering the frailty of individual statements with the robustness of a movement.

Thailand’s answer to the #MeToo movement, the #DontTellMeHowToDress campaign, is an initiative led by Sirinya Cindy Bishop, local celebrities and activists to challenge social attitudes around sexual violence and the treatment of victims. The Social Power Exhibition against Sexual Assault, co-organized by UN Women and Cindy Bishop, will be a stage which brings sexual harassment and assault into a public discussion and invite people to question the acceptance of, and silence about sexual violence.

PROGRAMME:

  • Welcome speeches by Ms Anna-Karin Jatfors, Regional Director a.i., UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and Her Excellency Ms. Donica Pottie, Canadian Ambassador to Thailand, Cambodia and Lao PDR.
  • Opening speech Mr Porametee Vimolsiri, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Thailand
  • Panel Discussion

Panelists:

  • Cindy Sirinya Bishop, Celebrity, activist, and creator of #donttellmehowtodress campaign
    • Ms. Anna-Karin Jatfors, Regional Director, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, a.i.
  • Associate Professor Apinya Wechayachai, Director, Women and Men Progressive Movement Foundation
  • Nat Prakobsantisuk, Fashion photographer and activist
  • Interview with Thararat Panya, the survivor and social activist

Media contact:

Montira Narkvichien, Regional Communications Specialist, UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific / Email: [email protected] / Mobile: +66 (0)81 668 8900

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Check out our hashtags #MeToo #DontTellMeHowToDress via @unwomenasia

Press package and agenda are available at the launch.

Sascha Funk

Founder / Editor at My-Thai.org
Sascha is the publisher of my-thai.org and switched from an online marketing agency life in Europe to a teaching and education life in Thailand. He also writes about Teaching & Technology.

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