Rights groups rally on International Women's Day

Rights groups rally on International Women's Day

Labour rights groups rally from the Democracy Monument to Government House in Bangkok to promote equality and protection of women's rights. (Photos: Arnun Chonmahatrakool, Bangkok Post)
Labour rights groups rally from the Democracy Monument to Government House in Bangkok to promote equality and protection of women's rights. (Photos: Arnun Chonmahatrakool, Bangkok Post)

Members of Thai labour rights groups took to the streets to march for labour rights on International Women’s Day in Bangkok on Tuesday.

The group, led by the Thai Labour Solidarity Committee, called on the government to increase the length of paid maternity leave from the current 98 days to 180 days while providing 30 days fully paid paternity leave. Under the current law, male workers are entitled to 15-day paternity leave. 

The group also called demanded the ratification of the Maternity Protection Convention No 183, the International Labour Organisation's most up-to-date and comprehensive standard on maternity protection. Under the convention, all employed women, including those in atypical forms of dependent work, should be covered for pregnancy, childbirth and their consequences.

Thailand became an ILO member in 1919 but has yet to ratify convention No 183, according to ILO data.

On Tuesday, people taking part in the rally marched from the Democracy Monument to Government House, and organised activities to promote equality and protection of women's rights.


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