TDRI Research Fellow
Boonwara Sumano Chenphuengpawn, PhD, is a research fellow at the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) Policy analyses from the TDRI appear in the Bangkok Post every other Wednesday.
Social development is like a marathon, where many run together, often for a common cause, toward a singular goal. Unlike a sprint, a marathon takes hours to finish. Outcomes of social development also take time to reveal themselves. That is why actors in the social development landscape often ask -- or are asked --if they are making progress, and how far it will take to reach the goal.
In December 1999, the United Nations designated Nov 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to commemorate the murder of the Mirabal sisters, the three Dominican political activists who opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in 1960. Today marks the 20th celebration of said day, and therefore it might be worthwhile to review the current situation of violence against women in Thailand.