“Remake the world, a little at a time, each in your own corner of the world.”
– Rick Riordan
While travel can broaden our horizons, it can also make us appreciate our homes in ways we might never have thought.
Many times – while we’re dreaming of adventures overseas – we’re often forgetting to look right under our noses at the beauty of our own home.
Today (March 8) is International Women’s Day, which calls for action to drive gender balance across the world.
We decided to take a break from our travel adventures and pay a closer look at the ladies who are often overlooked within the vicinity of our own PATA HQ office, located right in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand.
We celebrate today by hearing from four women in our midst who add happiness to their work communities, care for young children, and create positive environments in their everyday lives.
Take a tour through Bangkok, Thailand from these women’s perspectives and learn about how they help make the world just a little bit better.
Jiraporn is a mother who felt that there was no sense of gender equality in the community where she was raised. She grew up in a time and place where the majority of men believed that women should stay home as housewives and raise children. However, Jiraporn knows that women have the capability to be so much more.
She has seen some workplaces where women are not fully embraced as part of the team, simply because they are women. It is unfortunate that there continues to be employers who believe that women cannot do as good of a job as men can. This line of thinking will need to change in order for the genders to be balanced.
Sang believes that gender equality is contextual; it depends on where someone is from and the environment that they are in. She has experienced many different work environments and there is a great difference in how women are treated in the workplace. Until there is greater equality, the best thing that all people can do is to just do their best.
Sang finds that there is a difference between how men and women solve problems. Women will often define the issue in broader terms and examine the wider array of potential factors before they search for a solution. As a result, women prefer to talk out their problems to better understand them, whereas men tend to dive right into solving them.
Milling Machine Operator
Kanphirom believes that there are more opportunities for men than women in all areas of life and it begins from a young age. She would like society to be more inclusive of women so that the benefits and opportunities are more equal for both genders.
There is a common saying in Kanphirom’s community that “women cannot but men can.” She disagrees with this because it discourages women from ever trying to do something that they are expected to fail at. This leads to differences in male and female capabilities, which reinforces the expectation of female incompetence.
The stories of women can often be overlooked, forgotten, or misattributed, and don’t always make it to the history books. But however big or small, we know that the contributions of women have helped to make the world a better place.
Gender balance is not just a women’s issue; it affects the ability of economies and communities to thrive. Collective action and shared responsibility is key to driving a gender-balanced world.
We invite you to take part in building a gender-balanced world by participating in the #BalanceforBetter campaign all year long.
Please share your ideas and initiatives to help drive #BalanceforBetter by emailing the authors of this post.
— Carma Chan and Lee Bootseeta, PATA Marketing Department