Feb 18, 2020

It's Not Ok To Be Locked Up!

We kicked off 2020 by hitting the road again in the Isan region of northeast Thailand, reaching out to two poorly resourced schools in rural Ubon Ratchathani and Amnat Charoen provinces. In all, we managed to train 152 high school girls on dealing with gender-based violence and planning for a future beyond high school. Even though they were serious subjects, we made it fun and gave the girls a safe space to air their hopes, fears and doubts.

As with our previous experiences in this part of the country, high school girls at the workshops had scant knowledge about what constituted abuse and what rights they had under Thai laws. About half of those we surveyed thought it was ok for their fathers to imprison them if they made a mistake, while another 17 percent were unsure if being locked up was acceptable. It’s the sad truth but a reality on the ground in the northeast. At least we felt reassured that they are now more well-versed with women’s law and rights in Thailand after the training, and they know the resources they can tap on, including contacting us, should they find themselves in risky situations.

There are thousands more like the ones we have just trained who live in communities or homes where violence is normalised. We are thankful to those who have supported us and funded our outreach to these at-risk girls. However, the need remains great and if you think what we do is a cause you are passionate about as well, please support us in our efforts to arm underprivileged high school girls with knowledge and skills to deal with sexual harassment and violence. Our outreach to them will include::

  • raising awareness of a range of risks (including relationships, harassment, financial dependency, pregnancy, and online grooming), as well as teaching tactics for avoiding different types of danger and ways to deal with incidents that may arise;
  • training in basic self-defence moves such as wrist grabs, lapel grabs, and protection on the ground;
  • and raising awareness of the Thai laws relevant to women, such as procedures in reporting domestic violence or assault to the police.

Do consider gifting to our cause so that more lives can be transformed! 

Nov 25, 2019

We can! End all violence against girls

Dear friends and supporters,

Since the beginning of our campaign, back in June 2017, we have raised 1,535 USD. While this amount has enabled us to providing training to 242 high school students in Ubon Ratchathani, the remaining 4,758 girls still need your help. In order for us to reach them and offer much-needed skills and knowledge on sexual harassment and violence, we urge that you join us in our passion and consider contributing towards the remaining 24,465 USD.

Our workshops provide participants with information and skills required to recognise and report crimes, avoid dangerous situations and respond sensibly in times of threat.

At the end of every workshop, our students are always excited to share what they have learned, especially with their friends and family.

  • ‘I learned how to protect myself from danger and how to be strong in dangerous situations. It's the first workshop I've attended where I didn't fall asleep. The trainers were very good at delivering the workshop. I gained knowledge and I had fun. I want you to run this workshop again.’
  • ‘The workshop is really useful. I can actually use what I have learned here in real situations, to protect myself. I want every school to experience workshops like these.’
  • ‘learned about many things, such as, how I can defend myself from bad guys. The activities made me realise what I need to do with my life and how I can use the survival skills I learned today with bad guys and other situations.’

These are a few examples of the feedback we receive from our participants. The gratefulness and eagerness expressed by these students are repeated by all the girls after every workshop.

We hope that you will contribute to our cause and help us in transforming more lives.
With gratitude,
Pratthanadee Team

Nov 21, 2019

We can! End all violence against girls

Dear friends and supporters,

Since the beginning of our campaign, back in June 2017, we have raised 1,535 USD. While this amount has enabled us to providing training to 242 high school students in Ubon Ratchathani, the remaining 4,758 girls still need your help. In order for us to reach them and offer much-needed skills and knowledge on sexual harassment and violence, we urge that you join us in our passion and consider contributing towards the remaining 24,465 USD.

Our workshops provide participants with information and skills required to recognise and report crimes, avoid dangerous situations and respond sensibly in times of threat.

At the end of every workshop, our students are always excited to share what they have learned, especially with their friends and family.

‘I learned how to protect myself from danger and how to be strong in dangerous situations. It's the first workshop I've attended where I didn't fall asleep. The trainers were very good at delivering the workshop. I gained knowledge and I had fun. I want you to run this workshop again.’

‘The workshop is really useful. I can actually use what I have learned here in real situations, to protect myself. I want every school to experience workshops like these.’

‘learned about many things, such as, how I can defend myself from bad guys. The activities made me realise what I need to do with my life and how I can use the survival skills I learned today with bad guys and other situations.’

These are a few examples of the feedback we receive from our participants. The gratefulness and eagerness expressed by these students are repeated by all the girls after every workshop.

We hope that you will contribute to our cause and help us in transforming more lives.

With gratitude,

Pratthanadee Team

 
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