A total of 39 organisations have signed a declaration to promote gender equality and eliminate gender discrimination, in an event organized by the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security.
The event took place on 20th July 2020 and was presided over by Deputy Prime Minister Jurin Laksanawisit, who also presented plaques of honour to these organisations and certificates of honour to the labour unions that supported the issuance of this declaration.
Minister of Social Development and Human Security Juti Krairiksh said that the event was the second of its kind, with the participation of 39 organisations, comprising public and private agencies, as well as political parties.
The first event took place on 2nd March 2020, with 24 participating organisations, which consisted of public and private agencies, as well as educational institutions.
Mr Juti stated that the signing of the declaration was intended to show Thailand’s determination to raise public awareness of gender equality and ensure equal rights for everyone.
Thailand’s Gender Equality Act came into effect on 9th September 2015. It is a legal instrument that prevents discrimination on the basis of gender. In this Act, “unfair gender discrimination” means to perform or not to perform any act dividing, obstructing, or limiting any direct or indirect privilege without fairness on the grounds that such person is male or female or expresses themselves differently from their inborn gender.
After the first event to declare the promotion of gender equality, the participating organisations have reported their progress of promoting gender equality and eliminating gender discrimination. For instance, Thammasat University announced on 8th June that it would allow students to dress in accordance with the gender with which they identify.
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