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Movie Talk ‘Citizen’

29 January from 16:00 - 19:30



organized by

Safe and Fair (SAF): Realizing women migrant workers; rights and opportunities in the ASEAN region 

in collaboration with the

German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence
for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG), Faculty of Law,
Thammasat University

  29 January 2020, 16.15-19.30 hrs

Rewat Puttinan Activity Room, U2 Floor, Pridi Banomyong Library, Thammasat University (Tha Prachan campus)

Concept note


In the recent years, polls and elections in several countries highlight that channelling xenophobia towards migrant workers is a potent political instrument. In many countries, negative attitudes towards migrant workers are expressed through discriminatory actions, such as limiting or denying entry, exclusion from access to services, or exclusion from a number of labour protection regulations applicable to national workers, including social protection. Already in 2010, the ILO conducted a study in four Asian migrant destination countries – Malaysia, Singapore, the Republic of Korea and Thailand – to assess public attitudes towards migrant workers. The findings indicated somewhat greater support for migrant workers in the Republic of Korea and Singapore than in Malaysia and Thailand due to greater interaction with migrant workers in those countries. Overall, however, the 2010 survey findings revealed that the majority of respondents in all countries held unfavourable attitudes towards migrant workers (ILO, 2011). Up to date, the situation, however, has not markedly changed leaving much to be done to improve migrant workers’ working and living conditions. In particular, women migrant workers remain highly exposed to a double risk and vulnerability: discrimination, violence and exploitation on the one hand and society turning a blind eye to it on the other.

Following this finding, the movie talk aims to engage youth to the current situation of migrant workers particularly women in Thailand and for them to interact, exchange views on how to make the situation better and to change the perceptions and attitudes around women migrant workers.



Safe and Fair: Realizing women migrant workers; rights and opportunities in the ASEAN region (2018-2022) is part of the 5 year EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to Eliminate Violence Against Women and Girls. Safe and Fair is implemented by the ILO and UN Women (in collaboration with UNODC), led by the ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. SAFE and FAIR delivers technical assistance and support with the overall objective of making labour migration safe and fair for all women in the ASEAN region. The project engages with ASEAN Member States’ government authorities, ASEAN institutions, workers’ organisations, employers and recruitment agencies, civil society organisations, community-based organisations, families and communities, research institutions and academia, media networks, youth and the general public and supports programming in ten countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam). The project aims to address women migrant workers’ vulnerabilities to violence, sexual harassment and exploitation in the workplace, and to strengthen rights-based and gender-responsive approaches to violence against women and labour migration governance.

The German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG), Faculty of Law, Thammasat University, is an academic institute and think tank engaged in research, awareness and capacity building, and consultancy in the intersecting field of law and politics. Since its inception in 2009, CPG has been advocating the rights of migrant workers through numerous events and activities in its various program lines including human rights protection, rule of law and compliance.



(The event is held bilingual English/Thai, with simultaneous interpretation will be provided.)

16.15-16.45 hrs.   Exhibition and refreshment  at common area (Ground floor), Faculty of Economics, Thammasat University (Tha Prachan)

16.45-17.00 hrs.   Registration at Pridi Banomyong Library, Thammasat University (Tha Prachan)

17.00-17.05 hrs.   Introduction (in Thai)

Natthanicha Lephilibert, National Project Coordinator for SAF ILO

17.05-17.25 hrs.   Opening and welcoming remarks (in English)

Giuseppe Busini, Deputy Head of Mission, Delegation of the  the European Union to Thailand

 Jan Scheer, Deputy Head of Mission, German Embassy Bangkok

Anna-Karin Jatfors, Deputy Regional Director of the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, UNWOMEN

 Graeme Buckley, Director, DWT for East and South-East Asia and the Pacific and Country Office for Thailand, Cambodia and Lao People’s Democratic Republic, ILO

17.25-17.45 hrs.     Movie screening  (in Thai with English and Burmese subtitles)

17.45-18.00 hrs.     Group Photo

18.00-19.00 hrs.    Panel discussion (in Thai)


Sunwanee Dolah, Raksthai Foundation

Suthasinee Kaewleklai, Migrant Workers Rights Network

Satien Tunprom, State Enterprise Workers Relations Confederation Foundation

Akawat Laowonsiri, Faculty of Law, Thammasat University

19.00-19.30 hrs.  Q&A (bilingual Thai/English)

19.30 hrs.  Closing remarks

To attend the event, please register at: https://s.surveyplanet.com/Orq7KrZJ?fbclid=IwAR14ZqYLY7UpbnUbPbJuZmS-Pzi993F-U5wsFDFrMKD2bHpCaUShd4lwyuQ





29 January
16:00 - 19:30


Spotlight Initiative


Thammasat University Library
2 Prachan Road
Bangkok, Bangkok 10200 Thailand
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