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1 Promotion of Access to Reproductive Rights for Women With Disabilities in Thailand Sureeporn Yupa National Project Coordinator Promotion of Access to Reproductive Right for Women with Disabilities Disabled Peoples’ International – Asia Pacific

2 เหยื่อกาม - นางปวีณา หงสกุล เข้าช่วยเหลือสาวพิการหูหนวกและตา บอดวัย 18 ปี ถูกคนร้ายบุกเข้าไปข่มขืนในบ้านพักที่จ. สระบุรี จนตั้งท้อง ได้ 8 เดือน ล่าสุดตำรวจพอรู้แล้วว่าเป็นฝีมือคนในย่านดังกล่าว ตามข่าว sexual Violence Vitim Mrs.Paveena Hongsakul come to help WWDs who have multiples disabities 18 year old. She was raped and violence at her house now she still pregnant.

3 Why do we need to promote Reproductive Rights for WWDs in Thailand? No recognition of the reproductive rights of women –or even human rights of persons with disabilities, let alone the intersection of both WWDs are always ignored in the agenda of mainstream women’s right movement Women with disabilities are repeatedly reported as victims of sexual abuse and violence Thai laws and policies related to women’s reproductive rights and service are silent – they are sometimes discriminatory against women with disabilities in the way that support and services are almost completely nonexistence

4 Challenges Challenges in Thailand Lack of awarenessLack of awareness –Reproductive right is hardly mentioned before, and still a puzzle –Reproductive rights are deemed luxurious and redundant for PWDs as opposed to basic and human rights –Reproductive rights are not awareness and acknowledged by PWDs and WWDs themselves

5 Challenges Challenges in Thailand Social Norms and PrejudiceSocial Norms and Prejudice –Sexuality is still taboo –Person with disabilities are considered dissociated from sexual life and sexuality –People tend to think that charity and donation are the only support to PWDs –Empowerment of PWDs is beyond imagination

6 Opportunities Opportunities in Thailand Advocacy for the health care policy and service change hardly receives resistance –easily gain support if properly addressed Civil Society Organizations and government offices pay more attention to Reproductive Health issues –more space and forum organized –more investment and document produced and distributed Media and public are more sensitive to disability issues –still interested in heroic-like and sensational stories though

7 Objectives Raise awareness of WWDs, their families and society as a whole on reproductive rights of women with disabilities Promote an access to information, knowledge and service with regard to reproductive rights for women with disabilities Bring about attitude change and portray positive image of WWDs in society

8 Project Activities 1. Documenting discrimination, abuse and sexual violence against WWDs

9 Project Activities 2.Organize seminar and workshop to educate WWDs and their communities on reproductive rights

10 Project Activities Project Activities 3. visit local government of Women with Disabilities in communities to make actions plan in they communities

11 Project Activities Project Activities 4. Photo Exhibitions

12 Poster of Photo Exhibitions

13 5. Campaining on the Reproductive Rights for WWDs by developing logo, producing learning materials and allocating souvenirs (i.e. pin, bags, t- shirt )

14 TV Program interviews

15 Thank you for your kind attention


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