Global Women's Strike in Thailand


GWS Thailand, the Community Women Human Rights Defenders Collective in Thailand, is comprised of grassroots women currently representing nineteen different sectors who are defending family, community and the environment.  These sectors include indigenous women, migrant and refugee women, disabled women,  urban women from the slums, rural women farmers and women from the conflict zone in the Deep South. Sex workers, garment workers, and those fighting against destruction of natural resources and the environment. They work to protect life, livelihoods and the natural world. The Collective demands a Care Income, and an end to poverty, inequality and State oppression in all forms.


Women and mothers of South Peasants Federation Thailand have said what a Care Income would mean to them as people who care for the family, the community, and the land:

A Care Income would mean:

  1. Economic liberation .. it would mean being independent from the men
  2. Now I have to manage to provide for everything on a tiny amount of money. Every single day I have to spend a lot of time thinking and planning how to manage. If I have a care income I can use that all that thinking time to work on public and land rights issues
  3. Care Income could be housing … a secure place for me and my children
  4. Land can be a care income as a part of State welfare
  5. When my elderly mother gets sick and is dying I won’t be able to spend the last precious months or weeks together. Instead, I will have to go out and earn money. A Care Income means I can care for family without having to leave them to do it.
  6. Women fighting for land, improving environment and for social justice should get all get a care income.
  7. Caring for the land is about food security as well as caring for the environment. Food security is linked to social justice so women in other social justice struggles also should get a care income as it is all linked.
  8. Care income would strengthen our voices and our power
  9. It would allow us to take care of our children and the child is the most precious resource of society
  10. It would mean I would feel satisfied with society because women and carers would be valued more in society. Our value would be reflected by the care income being what we earn not charity
  11. A better quality of life for my children and give me opportunity to care for my children better
  12. I would have savings
  13. I’d have time to care for my family
  14. Give me time to help society
  15. Give me time to learn about economics, society and politics
  16. Let me help sisters without being limited by my own poverty
  17. Women would have a have a better role in society
  18. Time to care for own family and I would get to interact socially with others which is good for mental health
  19. I’d have time to meet with friends, follow the news, mix in society
  20. The elderly would be better off so I would have less stress and be able to focus on caring for my own children
  21. It would reduce the burden on younger women who care for two generations, old and young.
  22. We can look after ourselves and can fight for land and work on other community problems e.g. solve problem of violent men in family and community

Press statement 29 November 2022 by Community WHRDs Collective in Thailand

On the occasion of International Women Human Rights Defenders Day we, Community WHRDs Collective in Thailand gather to restate and amplify our demands first submitted to three Parliamentary Committees to mark International WHRD Day, 21 November 2019.
We re-affirm that the 2017 Constitution is not fit for purpose and must be replaced. It must be replaced by a Constitution created with the full participation of the People to result in a real democracy. A People’s Constitution that is based on principles of human rights will ensure a strong justice system and the development of fair laws.
Caring is the basis of humanity. It is a relationship, and the work of caring, for children, family community and the natural world is vital work. Care work in the home is overwhelmingly done by mothers and women unwaged and unrecognized. The government must stop shirking their responsibility by relying on women as a proxy welfare system that costs them nothing.
We demand that the government provide a Care Income as wages for mothers and all carers for the security and quality of life of all people in society. This Care Income maybe paid in cash, housing, land or other means.
Since the 2014 coup, the allocation of the national budget has not been for the benefit of the people, but rather it has been allocated to oppress and harm the people. A recent clear example is the actions of the security forces during the APEC meeting.
Peaceful gatherings to protest are the right of the people and the security forces duty is to arrange matters for mutual convenience and protection. The duty of security forces is to prevent and deter violence for the safety of the all people involved. The people’s purpose was to submit a petition and increase understanding, but instead of acting to deter and prevent violence the armed security forces themselves became violent. We demand the government take all measures necessary to ensure justice. Justice includes dropping charges against the protesters. Authorities must issue a public apology and take full responsibility for treatment and recovery of Mr Payu Boonsophon plus compensation for him and all those injured in the incident.
The behavior of the security forces during the past eight years has become increasingly out of control and outside the law. The abuse of power has its roots in the military government that sanctions this by failing to restrain them, granting impunity and allocating more and more resources. It is often the women in the family left to care for those imprisoned or injured, pursue the truth for the disappeared and seek justice for those killed.
The Community WHRD Collective demands a People’s Constitution that ensures the reduction in the power and budget of the military. The government must invest in caring rather than killing.

Important Legal Victory for Land Rights Defenders of Thailand

By Global Women's Strike | 31st March 2021

The Southern Peasants’ Federation finally wins court case after eight years of deliberations and delays. See information here. To Southern Peasant Federation of Thailand from Global Women’s Strike Congratulations to you all on your path breaking victory in court after 13 years of struggle! We are delighted and greatly enjoyed the pictures of you outside…

Statement: International Women’s Day 2021

By Global Women's Strike | 8th March 2021

Global Women’s Strike & Women of Colour GWS – International Women’s Day 2021 CARING for PEOPLE and PLANET Against POVERTY and DICTATORSHIP Women (and men) in a number of countries are calling for a Care Income Now!, an income for all those – beginning with women, the first carers everywhere, and extending to all genders…

Statement: The Community Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) Collective in Thailand statement on International Women’s Day

By Global Women's Strike | 7th March 2021

We demand an end to State Violence and for a new government – the government we all deserve. The Community Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) Collective in Thailand statement on  International Women’s Day Over one hundred years ago when women in Russia, and in the US took to the streets, giving birth to International Women’s…

IWRAW Asia Pacific: ‘Wages For Caring Work’: An Exploration Of The Care Income Campaign

By Global Women's Strike | 3rd December 2020

In this interview, IWRAW Asia Pacific asks two activists based in Thailand about the concept of care income, its history in the women’s rights movement, and its role in building gender-just post-COVID-19 economies. Liz Hilton works with Empower Foundation, a sex-worker-led advocacy organisation in Chiang Mai, and Bee Pranom Somwong works at Protection Desk Thailand,…

Please act now to prevent another killing of land rights defenders in Thailand

By Global Women's Strike | 20th October 2020

Dear Friends, The mass movement in Thailand has been in the news, representing many grassroots sectors and struggles. Thank you for responding to their call to save the life of Mr. Lertsak Kumkongsak, an important contributor to the struggle for justice for decades​. He has continued to be active with the anti-mining movement despite death…

For US: Updated urgent action alert for climate justice activist under death threat in Thailand

By Global Women's Strike | 2nd October 2020

Save the life of Mr. LERTSAK KHAMKONGSAK, environmental and human rights activist! Defend the Kahao Yai Pha Dai Community Forest Conservation Group!(in Dong Mafai Sub District, Nongbua Lamphu Province, North East Thailand). Email now (see below) to show how much international support there is for their safety and livelihoods. Mr. Lertsak Khamkongsak continues to face…

Updated urgent action alert for climate justice activist under death threat in Thailand

By Global Women's Strike | 30th September 2020

Save the life of Mr. Lertsak Kumkongsak, environmental and human rights activist! Defend the Kahao Yai Pha Dai Community Forest Conservation Group!(in Dong Mafai Sub District, Nongbua Lamphu Province, North East Thailand). Email now (see below) to show how much international support there is for their safety and livelihoods. Mr. Lertsak Kumkongsak continues to face…

Urgent action alert for climate justice activist under death threat in Thailand

By Global Women's Strike | 23rd September 2020

SEE UPDATED ACTION ALERT HERE. Dear Friends, See below an urgent action alert from our colleagues in Thailand. Environmental and human rights activist Mr. Lertsak Khamkongsak, faces repeated death threats and we are very worried for his safety. Please call on the UN agencies to publicly demand action to protect the life of Mr. Lertsak…

Statement: Thailand – We Walk: freedom of assembly wins, and the courts affirm their rights!

By Global Women's Strike | 17th February 2018

Freedom of Assembly Wins, and the Courts affirmed their rights –’We Walk…Friendship/Solidarity’ The people of Thailand inspire us into action to struggle and further promote our rightsand freedoms…People themselves need to act – time for dependency on politicians and political parties must end…   The ‘We Walk…Friendship/Solidarity’ of the ordinary people of Thailand has concluded today(17/2/2018).…

Media statement – Thailand must respect and promote human rights, end harassment and suppression of rights of “We Walk…Solidarity/Friendship” participants and supporters.

By Global Women's Strike | 30th January 2018

Dear Editor, Please find enclosed a Joint Media Statement by 52organisations, trade unions and groups, and also two individuals, from many countries including UK, US, Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia, Netherlands, Myanmar and Bangladesh entitled, THAILAND MUST RESPECT AND PROMOTE HUMAN RIGHTS, AND END HARASSMENT AND SUPPRESSION OF RIGHTS OF “WE WALK…SOLIDARITY/FRIENDSHIP” PARTICIPANTS AND SUPPORTERS. Revoke summons…