2021 International Women’s Day Celebration – Achieving an Equal Future: #Choose to Challenge

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This year’s UN official theme on Women’s Day is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world”. We focus on our everyday lives – what/ how we eat, move, relate to others, communicate, study, work, and live our lives. We can choose to challenge gender inequality in our daily lives – any time, alone or with others. We believe that an accumulation of these everyday consciousness by individuals can lead us to collectively overcoming gender bias and realizing a more equal and inclusive future.

We will hear from three women activists in Asia who are fighting for women’s rights.

Supecha Baotip (Thailand): a leading activist behind the recent law to legalize abortion in Thailand. She is the founder and coordinator of Tamtang group.

Kakay Tolentino (Philippines):  a leading activist who has fought for women’s voice and leadership in the community, advocating environmental protection and indigenous people’s rights in the region since the 1980s. She is the national coordinator of Bai Indigenous Women’s Network.

Japleen Pasricha (FII) (India): Japleen smashes the patriarchy for a living. She is the founder & editor-in-chief of Feminism in India, an award-winning digital bilingual feminist media platform. She is also a TEDx speaker, Rise Up Youth Champion, Swedish Institute’s alumni and a WSA Young Innovator. She has been recognised by the German, Swedish and Indian governments for her work on gender. Currently, Japleen oversees the strategic vision and growth at FII.

This is an interactive webinar. We would also like to learn from the audience on what are your everyday action that you practice consciously to challenge gender bias. For those who would like to share during the webinar, please tell us what you want to share when you register. You can alternatively send us by email: gendev@ait.ac.th. We will compile all entries and share during the IWD event and on our website as well as invite selected participants to share live at the forum. Entries can be in any media format including images and videos.  The deadline for uploading your entry is on 4 March.

The event is open to all. Please register to be sent the Zoom invitation at

https://forms.gle/yt2YL3FiRn3RZNRq9 or https://bit.ly/3r6qYHs

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