Gender equality is one of the core values that drives our organization’s mission to create opportunities for marginalized girls and women to obtain critical knowledge about their rights and viable academic and vocational skills. With this goal always in mind, we would like to now reflect on the progress that our projects and beneficiaries have made, and to share a tribute to what has been achieved in the efforts toward gender equality in the United States.
The 26th of August marked Women’s Equality Day in the United States. Near to this date, 96 years ago, the 19th Amendment of the United States Constitution was ratified, giving women the fundamental right to vote, and thusly bestowing a great blow upon the idea of viewing women as property rather than as human beings.
The White House Blog acknowledged that: “In the 94 years since the 19th Amendment was certified, women have made strides in every facet of American life, and we have learned that our country succeeds when women succeed.” The importance of passing down this wisdom to our sons and daughters is paramount if we want them to succeed in the future. We have the responsibility to make our daughters the best leaders, healers, players, and contributing members to society to continue the goals we strive to accomplish in our own lifetime.
The Development and Education Programme for Daughters and Communities Centre in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (DEPDC / GMS), as a community-based NGO, works to prevent child trafficking and exploitation by providing at-risk children with protection, education, and life-skills training. The DEPDC / GMS has spent the past 25 years striving to prevent abuse of human rights and exploitation through the lack of education, especially those of girls and women.
We succeed when our daughters succeed. Countless numbers of young women who have passed through our empowerment programs over the years were able to beat significant odds and become successful in their own right. In a bighearted, “pay it forward” sense of action, many of these former ‘daughters’ have returned to the organization to work in a variety of capacities; as project leaders, as teachers and mentors of students at the Half Day School (HDS), as youth volunteers at our safe shelter sites, and as role models for the next generations of at-risk children. Some of these courageous women have even gone forward to establish their own anti-trafficking projects and programs in Thailand and throughout the Greater Mekong Sub-region.
So, we here at the DEPDC/GMS salute the United States and President Obama’s efforts to highlight women’s ongoing struggles. We are proud to recall the numerous accomplishments of our own efforts to better the lives and future of women here in Thailand. To help support our efforts, you can follow this link to learn more about our current projects and to contribute to their ongoing success.