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02 August 2009 :: 07:08:44 am 33300

Her Majesty The Queen Gives Support To The Cause Of Thai Women

Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, who is recognized as the eminent role model of Thai women, has always promoted their well-being. In recognition of her support for women's causes, the National Council of Women under Her Majesty the Queen's royal patronage is working with the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security in celebrating Thai Women's Day, August 1.
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The Cabinet, during its meeting on 29 July 2003, acknowledged the designation of August 1 each year Thai Women’s Day, as proposed by the Ministry of Interior. The Cabinet was told that the idea of making August 1 Thai Women?s Day was proposed jointly by the Ministry of Interior, the National Council of Women, and women’s groups across the country. The reason is that August 1 usually marks the start of activities carried out to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen?s birthday, August 12.

In this connection, Her Majesty the Queen was asked to grant permission for the observance of Thai Women’s Day in honor of her on this special occasion. She also allowed the project “Uniting Thai Women’s Forces in Honor of Her Majesty the Queen” to be the major project in her honor, starting from 2003 onwards. The project seeks to pool the forces of women’s organizations, public and private sectors, and the general public. It is also linked to international women’s networks to enhance and develop the potential of Thai women’s organizations. The project also comprises some sub-projects involving anti-drug efforts and occupational development for Thai women.

Starting from last year, Her Majesty granted permission for the use of the Cattleya “Queen Sirikit” orchid as the symbol for Thai Women’s Day. A crossbred Cattleya, which is well known and loved among orchid lovers, this variety of orchid yields long white blossoms with yellow lips. It is one of the flowers bearing the royal name “Queen Sirikit” of Thailand, by Her Majesty’s royal consent.

Her Majesty the Queen’s exceptional, outstanding leadership in fostering the role of Thai women has received international recognition in the form of awards and honorary degrees. Among them are the Ceres Medal by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the Honorary Doctoral Degree in Humane Letters by the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. In 1993, she was acclaimed “Woman of the Year” by Stanford University in California.

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is scheduled to preside over the launching of the Thai Women’s Day celebration at the Government Public Relations Department’s auditorium on Soi Areesamphan, Phahonyothin Road in Bangkok on July 31. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva will give a keynote address marking Thai Women’s Day on August 1 at Ban Manangkhasila in Bangkok.

The National Council of Women hopes that the celebration of Thai Women’s Day will encourage all sectors of society to be aware of the importance of women and join hands in women’s development.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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