Launch of ‘Women Make the News – Thailand’ online database for journalists aims to put Thai female experts front and centre in media

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Launch of ‘Women Make the News – Thailand’ online database for journalists aims to put Thai female experts front and centre in media

Initiative targets gender disparities with practical tool reporters can use to find female sources

24 FEBRUARY, 2017, BANGKOK – There is a major gulf between the contributions and achievements of women in Thailand and their portrayal in Thai media. UNESCO Bangkok and partners are addressing that disparity with the launch of Women Make the News – Thailand, an online database of Thai female expert sources for journalists.

More than 250 Thai women experts have joined the database to date, sharing their expertise in three areas often lacking in prominent female voices: media, ICT and innovation; environment and climate change; as well as the cultures and histories of ASEAN countries. UNESCO Bangkok will host a launch of the Women Make the News – Thailand database two days prior to International Women’s Day, 8 March, when the website will be officially promoted.

Experts from the database will be available at the launch for interviews in English or Thai. The event will also mark the kick-off of a media campaign by UNESCO Bangkok to call on Thai journalists and members of the public to pledge their support to ensuring more women’s voices in the media.

(The launch will be organized in English and Thai with simultaneous translation.)

WHERE: UNESCO Bangkok Office.

WHEN: 6 March, 2017


17.30-18.00 – Registration

18.00-18.15 – Opening: Embassy of Sweden UNESCO Bangkok, CCDKM

18.15-18.30 – Presentation of Women Make the News Thailand

18.30-19.30 Panel discussion on women's visibility in Thailand with journalists and experts from the database

19.30 – -20.30 Reception

WHO: The panel discussion will be moderated by Sanitsuda Ekachai, former editorial pages editor of the Bangkok Post and prominent proponent of gender equality in the media.

Panellists will include:

Kanlaya Chularattakorn, Indigenous Women's network in Thailand, Chiang Mai

Misako Ito, Regional Adviser for Communication and Information, UNESCO Bangkok

Supinya Klangnarong, Commissioner, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC)

Siriporn Pajharawat, Director of Developer Experience & Platform Evangelism (DX) Group, Microsoft Thailand

Chanette Tinnam, Lecturer, Contemplative Education Center, Mahidol University

CONTACT: Due to limited space, journalists interested in attending the event are asked to please RSVP by contacting Chantal Mairesse, UNESCO Bangkok Communication and Information Unit:

Media queries: Noel Boivin, UNESCO Bangkok Media and Communications Officer,
SOCIAL MEDIA: Join the conversation using the hashtag #wmnthailand.



In English:

Programme and Speakers bios 

Project Background

Project Flyer

Women Make the News – Thailand infographic

In Thai:

Project Background


Project Flyer


The database was initiated and developed by UNESCO Bangkok, with the support of Sweden, and has been implemented in cooperation with CCDKM and Akin Asia.

Following the project launch, UNESCO will also host three one-day media training workshops for database experts, sponsored by Australia Aid.