Ending Violence Against Women in Asia and the Pacific
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Violence in Thailand
According to the Thailand Domestic Violence Information Center, violence against women is a wide-spread issue in Thailand. Most of victims are women and hurt by men such as assault, murder, and sexual crimes (rape or gang rape). Moreover many cases of violence are committed by husband or cousin. According to the 2006 survey, over 1 million or 8.6% of married women 15-49 years old experienced physical or psychological violence from their spouses in the past months. The rate was highest in Bangkok. Violence against women has an impact on the economy such as costs for medical treatment, skills and efficiency in working. It affects the productivity at work and has an impact on income.
Cause of Violence in Thailand
The cause of violence is mostly men’s attitude and expectations, and the resulting power imbalance between women and men. The culture of violence runs so deep that violence is believed to be a solution to many problems. Some men are living in family violence since their childhood so they are adopting unconsciously a similar behavior. Another cause of violence is when alcohol or drugs are involved. In reality, alcohol plays an important role: many women are attacked by husbands who are addicted to alcohol or other addictive substances. The resulting violence often leads to injuries, disabilities, or death. It also leads to other social problems such as families breaking down and children being left behind. Thai women tend to keep the issue in silence due to the traditional norm that the family’s problems should not be shared with others.
Ways to address the issue of violence against women
- The government should set this problem as national problem and establish some national policies to reduce violence against women within families. It should also guide the work of both the public and private sectors to work in the same direction for systematic and efficiency implementation.
- The government should raise awareness of the issue and solutions to violence against women to the public and society.
- The government should improve laws and regulations about violence against women and publish the law publicly.
- The government should establish and provide legal services such as counselling services to women who are victims of violence.
Violence against women in Thailand is an important problem and it can affect the rest of society, including the economy. It is a serious issue in Thailand that should not only be dealt by government and the private sector but also by everyone in the community.
- Ending Violence against Women in Asia and the Pacific : http://www.adb.org/features/ending-violence-against-women-asia-and-pacific
- Thailand Domestic Violence Information Center : http://www.violence.in.th/publicweb/NewsDetail.aspx?id=34&type=5
- Report on Gender-based Violence Against Women and Girls (VAW/G) Indicators : http://www.violence.in.th/publicweb/pdf/VAW_EN.pdf
- Want to end violence against women and girls? : http://www.nationmultimedia.com/opinion/Want-to-end-violence-against-women-and-girls-30221287.html
- The Efforts to Tackle Violence against Women in Thailand : http://www.chiangmaicitynews.com/news.php?id=2726
- Mr. Jirun boonpasuk 54148010347
- Mr. Ausawin sukmanee 54148010384
- Mr. Voraprath bandhaya 54148010200
- Mr. Supakit Keawkitsadang 541480010373