College of Population Studies
From a comparative perspective women in Thailand have suffered less discrimination than women in many other parts of Asia.Indeed, gender relations in three Thai Kingdoms of Sukhothai, Ayudhaya, and Ratanakosin provided a positive template for the inscribing of a better status for women in the twentieth century.Even in this context the improvement in the status of women since the 1970s has been dramatic. Women's activities have expanded in all spheres as a result of the economic growth of the nation and the accompanying social policy initiatives of successive governments, academic institutions and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). The favourable cultural base upon which the current modernisation drive was built has enhanced efforts at developing gender equity in Thailand.This chapter explores changes in the position of women in Thai society over the past three decades through the prisms of four variables: official policies on women; health and reproduction; education and employment; and position in the family.It argues that although Thai women started the century in a comparatively favourable position relative to many other women in the region, some traditional problems faced by women have yet to be fully addressed and moreover, new problems continue to emerge as a result of
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Publication information: Book title: Women in Asia:Tradition, Modernity and Globalisation. Contributors: Louise Edwards - Author, Mina Roces - Author. Publisher: Allen & Unwin. Place of publication: St. Leonards, N.S.W.. Publication year: 2000. Page number: 247.