for the Promotion of the Status of Women (APSW)
2006 was another exciting year for APSW.
signs for positive gains for women children were witnessed during
2006 and APSW was a part of those efforts.
One highlight of the year was in November 2006 when Her Royal
Highness Princess Soamsawali graciously presided over the Voice
of Women Project initiated by Cosmopolitan Magazine to raise funds
for the Emergency Home. The event was launched at the APSW, and
the campaign was to prevent violence against women where attractive
red whistles were promoted. The whistle was a symbol of both the
scream for help and a self defense instrument. At the event, a
Photo Voice exhibition, supported by the Norwegian Women and Family
Association, was displayed. The impressive exhibition had 20 Emergency
Home members reflecting their view through photos they personally
important event was the opening of the multi-purpose youth center
in Takua Pa District, one of the worst hit Tsunami affected areas
by HRH Princess Soamsawali on 28 February. The construction of
the building was supported by Unilever Australasia Foundation
with the aim to provide space for youth activities under the Teens
for Teens Project. The project forms one component of the program
of the Learning for Healing Center which is catered for children
and youth affected by Tsunami, targeting at teenagers from 13-18
years of age. The launching of the project was presided over by
Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden and HRH Princess Soamsawali
on 18 February 2005.
project worked with 10 schools where selected students are trained
as youth leaders in a series of training ensures that teen issues
reach out to the targeted youth. It could be expected that future
risks of drug abuse, teen prostitution and pregnancy as well as
teen violence are diminished through constructive activities and
The Emergency Home, through its social workers and psychologists,
provides temporary shelter, food, physical and mental rehabilitation,
counseling, and life skills for women and children. Hot
line services for consultation on women’s reproductive
health problems and others are also offered The Emergency
operates 24 hours each day.
On any given day, there are about 150 women and children
sheltering at the Emergency Home.
and Activities in 2006
Number of women and children seeking help
Emergency Home served 2,122 women and children in 2006. Among
these, 546 cases sought shelter, 56 came only for counseling and
1,576 persons received hotline counseling services.
Profile of women and children at the Emergency Home
Assistance was given to 138 pregnant women. Of these, 34 were
below 18 years old. The main reasons for unwanted pregnancy were
abandonment by their partner, followed by rapes mostly by acquaintances
or those known to them.
There were 20 women seeking help during 2006. The majority contracted
it from their partners. Among these there was one 3 year old who
contracted it from her mother.
Domestic violence cases numbered 65. The majority of the cases
were physical abuse by partners.
Thirty three victims sought help from our Kanitnaree Center or
the Rape Crisis Rehabilitation Center, 22 were students aged 13
– 18. Among these, 21 cases led to pregnancy.
Problems consulted through hotline services
The problems consulted through telephone services centered around
unwanted pregnancy, abortion and extramarital affairs problems.
Other services / activities provided to the women and children
Apart from the main services offered which include accommodation
and food, health care, psychological and emotional rehabilitation
,individual and group counseling, the Emergency Home also conducted
a large number of problem specific awareness raising, training
sessions and group activities for its members. These included
Skill building on emotional handling
• Strengthening understanding on reproductive health and
• Awareness raising on women’s legal rights
• Music and art therapeutic activities
• Prenatal and postnatal care and child development
• Child rights
• Preventive sessions for sexual abuse
rehabilitation care was provided for some selected cases through
the volunteer psychiatrists and medical doctors.
Follow-up was made to 183 cases who had left the Emergency Home
to ensure that they adapt appropriately and to determine if they
can stand on their own feet and to further assist if required.
24 home visits to HIV cases were made during the year.
Children’s Home looks after the children aged 2 –
6, who accompany their mothers sheltered at the Emergency Home
as well as those who are victims of violence and abandonment.
In 2006, there were 65 children, 29 boys and 36 girls, who received
care from Children’s Home. On average, each day there were
about 15 – 20 children under care.
provides temporary care for infants of the Emergency Home members
which can be classified into two categories. The first group consists
of infants whose mothers decide to raise them on their own but
need some help at the initial stage while they are settling in
their job and their life. The second group are infants whose mothers
decide to put them up for adoption. The Nursery takes care of
these children at the initial stage of adoption process.
In 2006, there were 121 infants taken care by the Nursery. Twenty
three were sent to the adoption center while the remaining stayed
Support of the World Childood Foundtion
Assistance to the under eighteen years old members of the Emergency
Home through different projects was specially provided by the
World Childhood Foundation.
WOMEN’S EDUCATION AND TRAINING CENTER
Education and Training Center offers opportunities
for enrollment in the non-formal education programs at elementary
and secondary levels, in collaboration with the Ministry
of Education. Vocational skills training in different fields
is offered all through the year. All these services are
for both the Emergency Home members and for the general
The special feature of the programs offered by the Center
is that information regarding women’s issues is integrated
in all the programs. The purpose is to raise their awareness
on the problems women face and what the APSW does to lessen
/ Activities in 2005
Short term vocational training
Vocational training courses that were offered lasted from 15 –
200 hours. There were altogether 18 courses including hairdressing,
dressmaking, massage, computer, baking and cooking among others.
Among 800 trainees, 89 were from the Emergency Home. The remaining
were interested people from the communities mainly within the
vicinity. The training which was exclusively for the Emergency
Home members and continually supported by the Norwegian Women
and Family Association was Nurse Aid for Child Care.
Adult education programs
Center collaborates with the Non-formal Education Department of
the Ministry of Education and provides adult education programs
for adults over 16 years old. The programs were at primary and
secondary school levels, with 8 and 129 students enrolled respectively.
Follow-up on vocational training students
were conducted on students completed the training and it was found
that 80 percent of those completed the training were able to apply
the skills in their jobs. Those undergoing training on Nurse Aids
for Child Care were offered jobs soon after their completion.
There were 15 hairdressing students opening their own salon.
Center is another major activity of the APSW. Established
almost a decade ago, the Center caters for activities for
youth in the vicinity of the APSW as a means to instill
in them proper attitudes towards gender equality, social
responsibility and abstinence from drugs and alcohol. Among
the APSW youth activities that have been organized include
youth camps and training youth leaders in the area of reproductive
health and rights through working with schools in Bangkok.
latest youth program that has been launched since 2002 is
the provision of reproductive health information and reproductive
rights awareness raising activities as well as counseling
in reproductive health matters through Teen House, the Resource
Center for Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights among
adolescents. The Teen House is situated in the downtown
area of Bangkok.
: The World Starts with Me : Life skills with a focus on sexual
The Youth Center completed the first year of the new project,
the World Starts With Me, through the support of the World Population
The project was a continuation from the Project on Informed Choices
on Reproductive Health for Adolescents supported by the World
Population Foundation. The evaluation and feedback from the 60
schools that APSW was working with showed that one of the main
obstacles in sex education are the lack of teaching materials
as well as the methods of teaching. The project was conceived
out of such findings. The computer base curriculum “ The
World Starts with Me”, developed for Uganda teenagers by
the World Population Foundation has been adopted. The modification
to suit the Thai context was carried out by a team of teachers
and students from 6 schools under the jurisdiction of the Bangkok
Metropolitan Administration. 20006 saw the launching of the program
in 6 pilot schools.
To ensure effective piloting, a series of intensive teachers training
and youth team leaders were conducted throughout the year by Jo
Reinder, Technical expert from the World Population Foundation.
Positive preliminary evaluation resulted in expansion to another
14 schools in 2550.
Project : Teens for teens (project
in Tsunami affected area)
The youth team had a busy schedule for the year as the Teens for
Teens Project entered its second year. The project under the support
of the World Childhood Foundation worked with 10 schools and the
focus was on sexual and reproductive health and rights, modeled
after the project carried out in Bangkok schools. The Unilever
Australasia Foundation was also keen on supporting youth activities
and supported the construction of the Youth Center, which started
in September 2005. The Youth Center is a multipurpose building
and is located in the compound of Bangmuang Subdistrict Organization.
HRH Princess Soamsawali graciously presided the opening of the
building in February 2006.
Throughout the year, various activities were conducted for the
target students. Apart from training in sexual and reproductive
health, some other skills enhancement including project writing,
facilitating skills, environmental concerns and computer /internet
training were also made available.
: Youth advocacy skills development
Thirty youth leaders from different Bangkok schools were trained
in advocacy skills. Street plays to raise community awareness
were the main activity. The youth composed their own plot and
performed at various functions and sites. The project was supported
by the World Childhood Foundation.
AND DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH INSTITUTE
and Development Research Institute (GDRI) is the research
arm of the APSW. Established 15 years ago, the Gender and
Development Research Institute carries out action research
on policy issues including advocacy to advance the status
of women and to promote gender equality
/ Activities in 2006
International Women’s Week Event
The event, organized on 29 February and 1 March 2005, comprised
The first part was the award presentation ceremony in which 11
outstanding women and two outstanding organizations received the
Prime Ministers’ plaques for their outstanding contribution
to the national development and for women’s cause. These
awardees later shared their experiences in discussion sessions.
The second part featured a panel discussion on Women and Senatorial
Election to enable senatorial candidates to get information on
women’s concerns from grassroots leaders. The event was
participated by about 1,000 government officials, NGO representatives,
academics and women leaders, women and men from communities in
Bangkok and different regions of the country and the media.
Continuing campaign for amendment of subdistrict organization
legislation GDRI continued unabatedly in the signature campaign
to impose a 50 percent quota on the sub-district organization
members who represent the villagers. It proposed that the villagers
represented hould be one woman and one man.
RELATIONS AND FUND RAISING
Dissemination of news and information on the activities of the
APSW to the media was carried out regularly. Case studies from
the Emergency Home were sent to 14 popular magazines to provide
lessons learned to the readers. Exhibitions were also organized
on numerous occasions e.g.; International Women’s Day, Stop
Violence Month Campaign, Mother’s Day, and other specially
There were 638 donation boxes placed at different places in Bangkok
and some provinces. These include banks, which account for about
one third of the boxes, government offices, hospitals and corporate/business
enterprises. The remaining were boxes installed in state enterprises,
educational institutions and hotels.
There were two main target groups in the postal campaigns. One
group included organizations in the corporate and business sector.
The other were those whose birthdays are known to us. In this
latter case, birthday greetings would be sent to them and suggestions
on ways to celebrate birthdays at the APSW were made. Returns
from these postal campaigns on average was about 4 percent and
the revenue representing about 3 percent of the total donation
3. Charitable activities /fund-raising by donors
were raised by many organizations for APSW. Among those included
Cosmopolitan Magazine who launched a special project to campaign
for prevention of violence against women. Their project saw an
active collaboration of 14 organizations, raising funds through
sale of attractive red woman symbol whistles. The campaign was
well publicised and 100,000 whistles were quickly sold out. Proceeds
from the sale of whistles were for the Emergency Home. The launching
of the project was presided over by HRH Princess Soamsawali at
The Siam Cement Group this year, organized their funds presentation
ceremony at the APSW. Apart from APSW which received 1 million
baht support, there were other 15 organizations getting support
from the Group.
AND SUPPORT TO THE APSW
Visits to the APSW by interested parties included 104 groups of
2,582 persons which can be classified as follows:
Students undergoing practical training and volunteers
students from 6 different educational institutions underwent practical
training at the Emergency Home. There were 6 Swedish students
volunteering work at the Emergency Home. Five foreign volunteers
assisted in different programs throughout the year.
3. Media Coverage
Different media covered the activities of APSW. Twenty four interview
sessions were featured both in TV and radio programs and in magazines.
Assistance and Support
As a charitable organization, APSW received assistance and support
from many organizations in both the public and the private sectors.
Among these included the followings:
Organizations in the public sector
Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Ministry of
Public Health and the Medical Office of the Bangkok Metropolitan
Administration provided support for selected programs of APSW
to provide assistance to women and children, accounting for about
6.7 percent of the revenue of the APSW.
Health Center 60, Bamrasnaradoon Hospital, Nopparatrajathani Hospital,
Bhumibol Hospital, Vajira Hospital and Sritanya Hospital provided
services to women and children seeking medical assistance. This
was in-kind support, worth about Bht 1,000,000.
Many private/business organizations provided cash support including
Siam Cement, Srifuengfoong Foundation, Watson Company, Ladies
Mission Group, among others.
Organizations in foreign countries which provided financial support
for activities included :
In-kind contribution was received from different organizations
such as Nestle, Premier Marketing, Poh Teck Tung Foundation, UnileverThailand
Group, Packfood among others.
from the general public
Generous support was received from the public. A wide range of
contribution including cash, non-cash items, used clothing, books,
food items was received throughout the year.
Special contribution for Teens for Teens Project in Tsunami
The APSW received very kind contribution from World Childhood
Foundation and Unilever Australasia Foundation for working with
the youth in Tsunami affected area and the construction of the
Youth Center in Takua Pa District in Pangnga Province.
overall effort of the APSW in 2006, whether it was on a welfare
or proactive end, was successful through the good cooperation
rendered by various organizations both in the public and the private
sectors. Equally important was the trust and faith the public
gave to the APSW to pursue its activities to assist disadvantaged
women and children.
the days ahead, the Association for the Promotion of the Status
of Women still adheres to its mandate to advance the status of
women and will remain a part of the effort to build a non-violent
and equitable society for Thai women and men.
for the Promotion of the Status of Women (APSW)
under the Royal Patronage of HRH Princess Soamsawali
Committee Members 2006 – 2009
1. Dr Suteera Vichitranonda President
President, Gender and Development Research Institute
Associate Professor Wimolsiri Jamnarnwej Vice President
Dean, faculty of Law, Saint John’s University
Khunying Nathanon Thavisin Vice President
Former Permanent Secretary, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration
Dr Yuwat Vudhimethi Vice President
Professor Emeritus Dr Pensri Bhichaisanit Secretary-General
President, Promoting Women’s Health Foundation
Miss Pranee Niemsakul Treasurer
Finance Manager, Women’s Friends Company
Miss Jaruwan Kasemsup Assistant Treasurer
Business Enterpreneur / Owner
Miss Prapapan Poovachensathit Registrar
Managing Director, Brain Asia Company Limited
Police Major-General Pojanee Sunthornket Member
Assistant Director of Health, Royal Thai Police
Mr. Arj Wichiencharoen Member
Managing Director, Progress Information Company Ltd
Mrs. Nitaya Chanruang Mahabhol Member
Committee member, Engineering Council of Thailand
Mr. Sumit Mekraksa Member
President, Sam Por Concrete Company Limited
Mrs. Reunkaew Kuiyakanon Brandt Member
Former President of the National Women’s Council of Thailand
Mrs. Anik Amarananda Member
Former Senior Executive from Royal Dutch Shell Group
15. Mr. Lek Yambuppha Member
President, International Law Consulting
Mr. Wasant Pheemuechang Member
Managing Director, Wasant Law Firm
Police Major Pimol Punwilai Member
Lecturer Nursing College,, Police Royal Thai Police
Mrs. Pongtip Phutesa Member
Director, Corporate Relations
19. Mrs. Charoenjit Ngarmtippan Member
Committee member / Consultant
Ms. Apinya Pawasutikarn Member
Don Muang District Chief
Bangkok metropolitan Adminsitration
Ms Maytinee Bhongsvej Secretary to the APSW
APSW Executive Director Committee
Association for the Promotion of the Status of Women
501/1 Dechatungka Road Donmuang Bangkok
02 929 2301–7
Fax: 02 929 2856, 02 566 3481
Email : email@example.com
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