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Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion “Women of the Deep South”
19 December, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Thailand’s “Deep South” provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat are plagued by unrest. While the conflict has its roots in the colonial history of the region, the last fifteen years have seen an escalation of violence. Unresolved sectarian tensions among the Malay, Muslim majority and the State in the predominantly ethnic Thai and Buddhist nation and their expression in a cycle of armed insurgency and repression have resulted in much despair.
Civilians have been affected the most. According to Deep South Watch between 2004 and 2018 of the 6971 people who died and 13,460 more who were injured, about 90 percent were civilians. Women and children have not been spared, and they account for about 16 percent of the victims. Women also bear the loss of their dear ones and are entrusted with the moral and physical support of those injured or in detention center. The conflict has made 3000 women widows and 9000 children orphans.
The impact of the conflict on families and especially women in Southern Thailand will be the focus of a multi-media event organized on 19 December at 5.30PM at SEA Junction by CrCF in collaboration with the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives. Two short documentaries directed by Canadian filmmaker SRG and produced by CrCF with the support of the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives will highlight the suffering brought upon women of different ethnic and religious backgrounds by the ongoing conflict. A panel will then reflect on the issues presented and a representative from the Embassy of Canada in Thailand will make brief closing remarks. More specifically the program is as follows.
Agenda Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion, 19 December 5.30-7.30PM
Introduction: Rosalia Sciortino, Director SEA Junction
Screening two short documentaries of the series “Women of the Deep South”
Moderator: Rosalia Sciortino, Director SEA Junction
Facilitator/Interpreter: Pornpen Khongkachonkiet, Director CrCF
- Anchana Heemmina, human rights activist, Duayjai group
- Haneelah Duerama, community activist
- Ngamsuk Ruttanasatian, Lecturer, Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University, Thailand
Q & A
Concluding remarks: Ayesha Rekhi, Counsellor (Political & Economic Affairs) at Canadian Embassy, Thailand
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SEA Junction, OUR Venue on Southeast Asia
SEA Junction aims to foster understanding and appreciation of Southeast Asia in all its socio-cultural dimensions –from arts and lifestyles to economy and development. Conveniently located at Room 408 of the Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre or BACC (across MBK, BTS National Stadium) SEA junction facilitates public access to knowledge resources and exchanges among students, practitioners and Southeast Asia lovers. For more information see www.seajunction.org and join the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1693055870976440/
The Cross Cultural Foundation (CrCF)
The Cross Cultural Foundation (CrCF) was founded in 2002 to work on justice and the protection, promotion, and monitoring of human rights in Thailand. Particular emphasis is placed on marginalized people including ethnic minority groups, stateless people, migrant workers and the victims of conflict. For more information see https://voicefromthais.wordpress.com.
The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI)
CFLI is designed to support small projects proposed and implemented by local organizations in Thailand. In providing funding for small projects that offer direct social, economic, or technical assistance to local populations, the CFLI contributes to the overall goal of reducing poverty. The specific objective of this CFLI is to support integrated basic human needs, education, human rights, and rule of law. The main organizations eligible for funding are non-governmental organizations, associations, foundations, or other organizations that have demonstrated the capacity to manage projects. For more information see http://w05.international.gc.ca/projectbrowser-banqueprojets/project-projet/details/a035318001?Lang=eng&wbdisable=true