Girls growing up in poor communities in Thailand don't have access to the training they need to look after themselves. As a result, they often find themselves in low-paid, unstable work, or the sex trade, damaging their self-esteem and their health. You can help 5,000 girls protect themselves and their futures by supporting a schools workshop in the poor Northeast of Thailand. We equip girls with the skills to recognize their rights, protect themselves from harm, and plan for a better future.
With a population of 21 million and high levels of poverty, many young women and girls from the Isaan region of Northeast Thailand are forced to migrate to Bangkok to support their parents and family back home. However, their limited qualifications, education and lack of skills cluster them in menial labor, street selling and, for the most desperate, the sex industry. This gradually wears on their self-esteem, their confidence and their health, leaving them feeling like second class citizens.
We reach teenage girls before they move to Bangkok, and provide them with the skills and guidance they need to protect themselves and plan for their future. Through 3 hour schools workshops, we train girls in: 1) how to stay safe in big cities, 2) their rights and the law, 3) how to protect themselves through basic self-defense, 4) how to report crimes against them, 5) how to access further help and training, and 6) how to plan for a safe and successful future.
This project will provide support and training for 5,000 teenage girls, who will be encouraged to share their new knowledge with their friends and families, becoming ambassadors for empowerment and change in their communities.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).