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The BBC has named prominent Thai pro-democracy activist, Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul, aka, “Rung”, as one of the world’s 100 most inspiring and influential women of 2020. The BBC’s “100 Women of 2020” list singles out women around the world who are driving change in challenging times. Panusaya is one of 3 Thai women to be listed.

As the leader of protest group, the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration, she came to international attention at a Bangkok rally in August, when she read out the group’s controversial 10 point manifesto calling for reform of the Monarchy – a taboo topic never publicly discussed. Her nomination follows the news that a Grammy Music executive has filed a charge of lèse-majesté against her.

The other 2 Thai women to make the list are Kotchakorn Voraakhom and Cindy Sirinya Bishop. Kotchakorn is an urban landscape architect, who promotes the importance of green and public spaces in urban environments. Her aim is to transform vast, sprawling cities into more liveable spaces, while protecting them from the impact of climate change. The BBC describes her as someone who started by prising apart the “cracked pavement” of Bangkok’s cityscape to let new ideas come through.

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Cindy Sirinya Bishop is the UN Women Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Gender Equality through Education, Communities and Governments. She is a TV host, actress, and model, known for her campaigns to end violence against women. She came to prominence in 2018, when she created the movement #DontTellMeHowToDress. The campaign was a response to authorities in Thailand telling women they shouldn’t dress provocatively during the Songkran period if they wanted to avoid being sexually assaulted.

Other women shortlisted by the BBC for the 2020 list include Sarah Gilbert, who is leading the research into the Covid-19 vaccine at Oxford University, Sanna Marin, the leader of Finland’s all-female coalition government, and Michelle Yeoh, a Malaysian actress, who the BBC notes is one of very few Asian actresses to enjoy a successful career in the US.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    gosport

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 10:46 am

    What a joke! How about the other girls wondering around her?

    Go home, go back to shools, the other girls. not under spotlight, better improve your own skills, improve your life and your family life. Or, just like me, selling papaya salad is much better.

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      Dreamon

      Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 7:48 pm

      just shut F up and go back to your cave.
      with her actions she is trying to improve everyone’s life, yours too!

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    Mike

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    “You can’t win, Darth. If you strike me down I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.”

    That is how it is. Unless a government has total control like totalitarian shit-holes like China, there’s nothing they can do.

    Flawed and hybrid democracies like the USA will never win over, even whilst supporting their media-backed stooges like fascists groups Antifa and BLM and piss-pot dictatorships masquerading as democracies like Thailand don’t have enough control.

    Imprison them, charge them with lese majeste, ban them, discredit them and they will become martyrs for their movements, don’t do anything and they will get what they want and bring justice and equality to unjust societies.

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    Ian

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    His post what an idiot you are ,Rung is an inspiration to million s of Thai women to not be controlled by idiots like you go make your salads these girls are inspiring and Rung the west is with you my dear never give in

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    Khunplastic

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    The lady is an inspiration to people worldwide.
    To stand up to all this archaic nonsense takes courage beyond belief.
    If ever there was a person who deserved a Nobel prize it is her.

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      Suua

      Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 8:59 am

      Totally!!!!
      Nail on the head….well said

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    Well the BBC would.
    Not that she is a worthwhile protester, but environment, climate change, racism, save the whale, save the natterjack toad, special right for gays, dwarfs.
    The horror of plastic in the ocean and the BBC, is out waving flags, demanding, and BBC 4 has lost many listeners because it is nothing but rights for women, and women’s concerns
    The BBC should stop being so political correct and start being impartial and correct!!!!
    The only reason the BBC is viewed. or listened to, is because the BBC has a good signal all over the world.

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    Suua

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 9:01 am

    Totally!!!!
    Nail on the head….well said

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    David

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 9:34 am

    She’s probably a Communist

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      The Thaiger & The Nation

      Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 9:49 am

      ??? where on earth does that comment come from? Do you have evidence of your assertion? Please provide a bit more information.

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    AI

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    To be honest, this lady has more balls than many men walking around and around the comments sections on this site! 55!

    Go girl, go! You are a great inspiration for women not only around Thailand, but around the world 😉

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    Joe

    Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    Without the women Thailand would be in much worse shape. Just look around you, most offices, banks etc have mostly female employees, the men are taxi drivers or something like that, I don’t mean to sound sexist but that’s the reality.

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