Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Wednesday expressed her support for this year's International Women's Day (IWD) campaign theme of "Be Bold for Change", urging all to start by respecting one another, solving gender inequity, and opposing violence against women.
On her personal Facebook page, Yingluck said the world had changed a lot but there were still some social issues related to gender inequity and violence against women, hence this IWD should be the starting point for everyone to change that.
"I want to be one more person to push for visible change. Let's #BeBoldForChange by giving importance to serious tackling of gender inequity and opposing the violence against women ...
"I invite my fans and [members of the public] to start by giving opportunities to women around you to express their full potentials for the better change in our society towards a gender-equal status. Do tell and share in this page about what you have done today to create gender equity."
Yingluck also urged that Thailand, although it had made much progress in allowing women better access to education and public health, must promoting more female participation in economic and labour issues and work towards a higher ratio of women in politics.
IWD, celebrated on March 8 every year, is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Visit www.internationalwomensday.com to find out more.