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Recommendations for the Draft Bill on Human Trafficking from the Civil Society

 

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The Bill against Trafficking in Women and Children (1999) has been revised and improved with a new Draft Bill of Human Trafficking. It is expected that the new bill will address the complicated issues of human trafficking and improve the enforcement of laws. The Draft Bill has been approved by the former cabinet and council of state. It is now awaiting to be considered in the Parliament.

Sampran Network against Trafficking of Women and Children held a forum on 7 November 2005 that comprised of organizations that work with Thai and non-Thai women, children, and hill tribes. The goal of this forum was to discuss and compile recommendations for the Draft Bill on Human Trafficking.  Read More »

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Anti-trafficking Campaign for Safe Migration

 

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Migrating to find work, whether domestically or abroad, has become a fact of life for many communities. Every year, workers strike out, find jobs in various fields, and send back money in amounts they could never make back home. But looking for work in foreign lands continues to be very risky, in part because of a lack of adequate and accurate information about the potential dangers and the reality of trafficking. Many people fall victim to agents who cheat them of money, and women and girls are vulnerable to being sold into international trafficking networks. Trafficking victims are forced to work, often in prostitution, and are essentially enslaved.

The Foundation for Women (FFW) recognizes the gravity and scope of the international trafficking problem, the importance of involving the greater society in working towards a solution, and the need for educating the public, particularly isolated communities, about the dangers of migration and ways to migrate safely. In 2005-2006, FFW began three projects concerning safe migration, with support from the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security: an anti-trafficking community radio project; a project to increase community participation in protecting workers against trafficking; and a facilitator training for those who work with young women, to help girls avoid migration and trafficking.  Read More »

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The Foundation for Women helped free Laotian women and children from the glove factory

 

Foundation For Women (FFW) cooperated with the Immigration Detention Center (IDC) to interview a Laotian girl who escaped from a glove factory located in Soi Puttabucha, Bangmod, Bangkok. This girl informed our staff that more than 10 of her friends were still imprisoned in the factory.

 On the 20th of July 2006, FFW cooperated with staff from Kred Trakarn Shelter and the Crime Against Child, Juvenile and Woman Suppression Division (CCSD) to bust the factory. Together the police, Baan Kred Trakarn shelter staff and FFW produced a search warrant for the factory, and found seventeen women and children and one man from Laos imprisoned there. The girls were aged under 21 -mostly 14 and 15 year old, and the youngest just 12 years old. The man was aged 23.

"I want to go back home"…came a whisper from Som (pseudonym), a Laotian girl aged 15 who was rescued from the slave-labor conditions of the factory. Read More »

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Where Was I That Day? Tsunami, A Story Told By Andaman Children

 

On June 23rd – 24th 2006, nearly 18 months to the day since the tsunami disaster struck the Andaman Coast of Thailand, I was privileged to witness Andaman children who have been participating in the Foundation for Women’s tsunami recovery activities, host an event to launch their book, Where Was I that Day? Tsunami, a Story Told by Andaman Children. More than 300 people flocked from the reaches of Thailand and others from corners of the world to attend the two day event held in Khao, Lak, Phang-Nga Province, Thailand. 

The road to recovery for Andaman children affected by the tsunami has been long. The Foundation for Women (FFW) has been conducting healing and recovery activities with these children over the past 18 months. First we helped them shed their anguish and tears together, and then moved on to teaching them about the tsunami phenomenon, natural sustainability and surviving disaster. At our Art Camp, the children began drawing and writing about their experiences. Their efforts resulted in the book, Where Was I that Day? Tsunami, a Story Told by Andaman Children. At the book launch, the children told us through stories, role-plays and prose, with such bravery, how their lives were devastated that day. Their re-enactment was courageous; the initial scrambles to safety and screams to their friends to find high land, the aftermath of destruction, the mess of bodies, and the loss of loved ones and homes. Reliving it could not have been easy. Their plucky strength in defiance of adversity demonstrated the resilience of human life.  Read More »

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Weaving New Lives with Andaman Women and Children - More than one year after the Tsunami.

 

How are women recovering from Mother Nature if man made terminology determines their entitlements?

FFW conducted a survey after the December 26th, 2004 Sea-Quake Tsunami, to see the damage to women and children, and set up a coordinating centre in Phang-Nga, in April 2005.

 The response to the Tsunami was overwhelming. Generosity poured in from all over the world. Waves of assistance came to wash away the waves that destroyed. Yet our survey revealed that there are many groups of women, who have been traumatized by the deaths of their husbands, children and friends, and are marginalized and unable to access government compensation and relief assistance. Read More »

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We met in Aceh realising the significance and challenges women face in the tsunami aftermath.

 

1. Gender discrimination and women’s human rights violations. Thousands of women and children in the affected countries still live in camps and other temporary facilities which lack adequate sanitation, clean water, health services and security. Government compensations have not reached them or are insufficient to restore their livelihoods. In Thailand, women are discriminated even in death: funeral expenses paid for men’s death are twice as much as that for women’s.

2. Women’s right to food is violated. People are on the verge of starvation getting one meal a day. The food rations provided are of very low quality. This affects health of children and pregnant, breast feeding and elderly women. Read More »

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STATEMENT Asian Women’s Consultation on Post Tsunami Challenges

 

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The Foundation For Women (FFW) has sent one staff together with a women affected by Tsunami from Phang-gna to participate in Asian Women’s Consultation on Post Tsunami Challenges, which has been hold on 25-27 July 2005, in Aceh, Indonesia and the statement from the meeting is below: 

We, over 60 women, survivors of the tsunami and activists involved in the tsunami relief and reconstruction efforts, from India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Malaysia gathered in Banda Aceh in the village of Lambaro Seubun on July 25-27, 2005, for the Asian Women’s Consultation on Post Tsunami Challenges. Read More »

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Weaving New Lives with Andaman Women and Children Project

 

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On 26 December 2004, the seaquake - Tsunami was crashed into the six coastal provinces of the southern of Thailand, which are Phuket, Phanga, Ranong, Krabi, Trang and Satun. The natural disaster has brought human suffering and loss as never before in human history. Apart from the large number of casualties and missing people, there is a loss of properties, and means of livelihood.

 The Foundation for Women (FFW) has been deeply concerned on this human tragedy and realized the need to provide assistance to affected people especially women and children and has sent FFW staffs to do the survey and assess the needs and concerns of women and children affected by Tsunami in the affected areas (Kuraburi District, Phang-nga and Bangtao Village, Talhang district, Phuket), Read More »

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We Care Double trouble

 

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Today, as people around the world celebrate International Women's Day, scores of tsunami widows are still waiting for help. Uppermost in their minds is the hope of getting long-term scholarships for their children and assistance in finding jobs

Story and photos by Sanitsuda Ekachai

Widowed by the tsunami, many young mothers are facing an uphill struggle to rebuild their lives.

She used to be full of hope. But her world suddenly went dark the day that a wrathful ocean robbed her of both husband and father in one fell swoop. "We were planning to sell the fish we'd raised to build a little house of our own," recalls Jamriang Niyomdecha, 31, of Baan Hin Laad, a Muslim village in Phang-nga's Khura Buri district.

"That was the dream we had together." Her voice trembles then she begins sobbing quietly, holding her one-year-old son more tightly to her bosom. Her eldest, a girl, is only three. Read More »

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Volunteer Teacher at Kamla School, Phuket

 

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Kamla School is one school that has been affected by Tsunami 

and from this tragedy the school had lost 1 teacher and 5 children from the total of 345 had lost their mothers. The immediate assistance had been provided to them at the beginning but they also need long-term support to sustain their lives. Not only those, the houses of children from 49 families have been damaged and need urgent repair and as a result from these 21 children had resigned from school to study somewhere else. Read More »

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