Plutaluang residents ‘Say No to Violence Against Women’

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Plutaluang community leaders and police assembled for a seminar and parade to further HRH Princess Bajarakitiyabha’s “Say No to Violence Against Women” campaign.

Participants in the March 10 event included staff of Sattahip Km. 10 Hospital, Attorney General’s office, village chiefs, members of the local Elderly Club and police commanders.

Plutaluang Sub-district President Taweep Tangkaew said the event follows the outline of the national “Say No to Violence Against Women” campaign launched by the princess, who is Thailand’s representative to the United Nations’ UNIFEM organization. It works to combat physical and mental abuse of women and children, often at the hands of family members or spouses.

Women in Plutaluang take to the streets to bring awareness to the ‘Say No to Violence Against Women’ campaign. Women in Plutaluang take to the streets to bring awareness to the ‘Say No to Violence Against Women’ campaign.

Taweep said he hopes the Plutaluang effort will raise awareness of the problem. He said 40 percent of Thai women between 15 and 49 have been a victim of some sort of physical or mental abuse. Sexual abuse occurs most often against girls ages 11-18, he said.