Women empowerment agencies propose greater gender equality under draft charter

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BANGKOK, 29 June 2015 (NNT) – Women empowerment agencies have proposed increasing stipulations related to gender equality in the draft permanent constitution.

The calls were made at a seminar hosted yesterday by the Law Reform Commission of Thailand, the women empowerment organization “We Move to Reform (We Move)’ and the ‘United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)’; which was attended by some 100 representatives from gender equality-promoting agencies.

Although meeting participants discussed the draft charter’s stipulations aimed at increasing the political role of women, most viewed that rights of women and gender equality could be diminished by the draft charter, when compared to the B.E. 2540 and B.E. 2550 constitutions.

Those at the meeting also proposed that state budget allocation be considered based on gender equality, that sexual diversity be promoted by ensuring that rights of all gender types are protected by law, and that all age groups and cultural diversity be accounted for when stipulating the rights of citizens. The meeting participants also proposed that social reform include increasing the ratio of women in the civil service and in positions that allowed the women to make policy suggestions on the country development.