Living amid the unrest Thailand’s Deep South has never been easy. But being a woman in the areas where bombs and gun shots are not unusual, normal life is even harder.
Not only do women in the Deep South live in fear caused by the daily violence, many of them are forced to bear the heavy burden of losing fathers, husbands or male leaders of the family. While the insurgency seems to be intractable and at times seems to get worse, these women have no other choice but to remain unburnt amid the political fire.
To celebrate International Women’s Day and in recognition of women in the Deep South, Oxfam (Thailand) in collaboration with the Civic Women Network, the Foto United group, Prince of Songkla University, Museum Siam, the Unilever Foundation and Nok Air last week chose 10 female role models from Thailand’s three southernmost provinces — Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat — whose strength and self-sacrifice to regain peace and justice has been outstanding and well recognised.
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