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Thai women have played many significant roles including participation in socio-economic and political activities. They have a very high labour force participation ratecompared to other countries’ in the world while their roles in the family are not less thananywhere. In addition, Thai women are quite active socially and politically.Nevertheless, they are receiving less than their share with regards to social protectionand welfare.Because of the global financial crisis which has had considerable impact on Thailand,particularly Thai women, Oxfam Great Britain in East Asia (Bangkok office) has initiateda research project on the Impact of the Financial Crisis on Women in South-East Asia:THAILAND. The main objectives of the research are to assess the impact of the globalfinancial crisis on women in Thailand and, based on the impact and response, to developa set of recommendations for governments, regional institutions, and donors. ThailandDevelopment Research Institute has the honour of undertaking the study.The authors would like to take this opportunity to express their appreciation of OxfamGreat Britain in East Asia for their financial support as well as the assistance of its staff,particularly, Mr. Cherian K. Mathews, Regional Policy and Campaigns Manager, EastAsia Region, Khun Yowalak Thiarachow, Dr.Aphitchaya Nguanbanchong and KhunSuchawalee Sutthikhanueng. The Oxfam team has actively provided technical guidanceand participated in parts of research, in particular the focus group discussions with Thaiwomen workers. The authors would also like to thank the AromPongpangun Foundationfor its coordinating role in the focus group discussions.
Srawooth Paitoonpong and team August 2009