PM Yingluck discusses women role development with UN Sec-Gen in Seoul

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SEOUL, March 25 – Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Sunday met United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, exchanging views on the development of women roles while the latter showed his support on the matter both in Thailand and in the region.

Ms Yingluck told him that the development of women roles is one of her urgent policies, delivered to Parliament when her government took office last year.

She said the Thai government underscores addressing problem of women and boost equality between men and women.

A fund to develop women roles was set up to prevent infringement on women’s rights and to bolster their participation in the country’s development. The government has policies to revise the law increasing protection for women from domestic violence and to give them more opportunities to access education, scholarship and public health facilities in order to ensure security in their lives and improved quality of life.

The government also supports the establishment of daycare centres in workplaces and upgrading shelters for children and women who are victims of domestic violence.

Meanwhile, the UN chief praised the first female Thai prime minister, saying the United Nations also gave importance to improving roles of women and underprivileged children by setting up a project called “Every Women, Every Child,” as well as creating UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.

UN Women also opened an office in Bangkok to empower the roles of women and underprivileged children in Asia and Southeast Asia.

Ms Yingluck saw that this was a good opportunity for the Thai government and UN Women to cooperate in accelerating and improving women’s roles in Thailand and in the region, as well as to exchange relevant information in the future.

After the meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the prime minister had a working dinner with Sohn Kyung-shik, chairman of the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Eui Kyun Su, Chairman of Dong-Ah Eleccomm Company at the Lotte Hotel, as well as holding discussion about trades between Thailand and South Korea.

The Thai premier was scheduled to give a keynote speech at a discussion forum between Thai and South Korean business persons during a luncheon at Crystal Ballroom organized by BOI and the Federation of Korean Industries on Monday.