Promoting women’s participation and leadership
Mr. Poldej Pinpratheep, the Deputy Minister of the
Ministry of Social Development and Human Security presided over the opening
ceremony of the 6th Meeting of the ASEAN Committee on Women (ACW) and the
Preliminary Meeting of the ASEAN Committee on Women Plus Three (ACW+3),
being held November 6-9, 2007 at Centara Duang Tawan Hotel, with Mrs. Kanda
Vajrabhaya, the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social
Development and Human Security.
Kingkaew, Mrs. Sirina, Mrs. Yu-Foo Ye Shoon, Minister of State, Ministry of
Community Development, Youth and Sports, Singapore and Mrs. Kanda, all
delegates at this year’s 6th Meeting of the ASEAN Committee on Women.
Functioning as the main regional women development mechanism of the ASEAN
region, the ASEAN Committee on Women was established in 1982 as the ASEAN
Women’s Program (AWP). The program was later upgraded as ASEAN Sub-Committee
on Women in 1997, and attained its present status as the ASEAN Committee on
Women (ACW) in 2002. Membership of the committee includes the national
women’s 10 ASEAN nations, namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao
PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
Anusorn Inkampaeng, Director of the Bureau of Gender Equality Promotion,
Mrs. Sirina Pavarolarvidya, Vice President on International Affairs of the
National Council of Women of Thailand under royal patronage of Her Majesty
the Queen, Mrs. Kanda Vajrabhaya, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry
of Social Development and Human Security, Mrs. Kingkaew Inwang, Deputy
Director-General of the Office of Women’s Affairs and Family Development.
The ASEAN Committee on Women’s meeting, or ACW Meeting, is an annual
meeting, of which member countries take turns organizing.
The principle objectives of ACW meeting are 1) to provide a forum for member
countries to discuss emerging issues concerning women such as trafficking in
women and children, violence against women, women’s economic empowerment as
well as the promotion of women’s participation and leadership in all fields;
2) to determine regional directions on women’s affairs and cooperation,
program projects for the mutual benefit of ASEAN countries, and 3) to
promote and reinforce cooperation and solidarity among ASEAN member
Suwit Kuntaroj, Director General of the Office of Women’s Affairs and Family
Development presided over the opening of “Promoting Women’s Participation in
Approved by ACW member countries in its 5th meeting at Singapore in November
2006, Thailand has taken her turn to organize the 6th ACW Meeting this year.
In its capacity as the ACW focal point of Thailand, the Office of Women’s
Affairs (OWAFD), the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security has
declared the theme of the 6th ACW Meeting as “Promoting Women’s
Participation and Leadership, which allows participants opportunities to
discuss the situation of ASEAN women in power and decision making, the
participation of women in politics and leadership, policies, national plans,
strategies and practices in place for promoting women’s participation and
leadership, and directions towards regional cooperation on this crucial
issue. Also, as a contribution to the main theme of the 6th ACW Meeting, the
OWAFD, in cooperation with the Office of Small and Medium Enterprise (SME)
Promotion, decided to organize the Regional Workshop on Micro-credit Program
for ASEAN Women to promote further discussion on the promotion of women’s
participation and leadership in economic realm.
The meetings started the 6h of November, with the Regional Workshop on
Micro-credit Program for ASEAN Women, whereas the 6th ACW Meeting began on
the 7th of November. The morning session consisted of the opening ceremony
by the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Social Development and Human
Security, the report on the meeting by Mrs. Kanda Vajrabhaya, the Deputy
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social Development and Human
Security, and welcoming remarks by the Governor of Chiang Mai Province.
Then, there was a photo session, followed by ACW plenary sessions. The
welcoming dinner was held at Khum Khan Tok restaurant.
The program on the 8th of November will include a plenary session of the 6th
ACW Meeting in the morning, whereas the afternoon session has been set for
the ASEAN Committee on Women Plus Three (ACW+3) Meeting and the closing
ceremony. The farewell dinner is to be held at Chiang Mai Night Safari.
Got their hands dirty
for a good cause
Diane Curtis (back row, 4rd from left),
Director of Sales and Marketing of Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang
Mai recently led a team of Sales and Marketing Department to get their
hands dirty by doing the paint work at Mae Taman School, Mae Tang
district, Chiang Mai. The objective of this activity was to strengthen
the team work, and most importantly, to clean re-paint the school’s main
building to freshen up the students study ambience.
What can I do this weekend?
Doi Inthanon National Park
Situated south of Chiang Mai, Doi Inthanon National Park is a unique
wildlife preserve and often makes for a comfortable cool weather retreat
after spending time in the city. It’s the tallest mountain in Thailand
at a grand height of 8,415 feet. Camping is permitted in the park and
the natural surroundings make for an excellent getaway. This is one of
the best places for trekking in Northern Thailand.
Wat Phratat Doi Suthep
Overlooking the Old City of Chiang Mai, the mountain of Doi Suthep
holds one of Thailand’s most sacred temples. The 300-stair climb leads
you to the large chedi and golden spire. This large temple complex dates
back to the 14th century and the view of the city achieved from the
marble courtyard is worth the trip alone. No trip to Chiang Mai is
complete without visiting Doi Suthep. Ask the concierge at the hotels
for assistance getting up there, it’s one of the most important in
Chiang Mai Zoo
Don’t be surprised if a local asks you if you’ve visited the zoo
yet—most likely, they’re wondering if you’ve seen the pair of pandas
which are on loan from China, an endless source of pride for locals.
These are only two of the more than 6,000 animals on display at the zoo
which sits at the base of Suthep Mountain, from where there are
wonderful views of the city.
The Old City
A tour of the Old City is easily done on foot or by bike, and is the
best way to come face-to-face with Chiang Mai’s legacy. Portions of the
old wall were restored in the 19th century, and the 700-year-old moat
that surrounds the city has been beautifully preserved. The city gates
have also been restored, and each marks an important commercial avenue
in or out of the city. Temples are spread across the entire Old City,
and some of the more important include Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phrasingh
and Wat Chiang Mai. Courtesy of www.emedia-asia.org
Beauty queen beautifies Chiang Mai
Former Miss Universe 2005 beauty queen and still a beauty, Natalie
Glebova was welcomed at the Amari Rincome Hotel by Mr. Wim Fagel,
General Manager and Ms. Warunee Kammaru, Room Division Manager. Natalie
who recently wed Thai tennis star Paradorn Srichaphan and a resident of
Bangkok was in town last week to take part in the Money Expo event.
Haute cuisine by French Master Chef
Whether you’re a curious professional, a much appreciated chef at home
or just a notorious gourmet, here is your unique chance to get close to,
learn from, be inspired by and delight in savoring the passionate
creations of a 3-star Michelin chef from the top international echelons
of his art.
Chef Antoine Westermann will make a special appearance at the Mandarin
Oriental Dhara Dhevi.
Invited by Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chef Antoine Westermann will
be in residence between 8 and 11 November. During that period (dinner
time only), he will be introducing his passionate cooking style at
Farang Ses French restaurant. Cooking class with Chef Westermann will be
available on 10 November from 10:00-13:00 hrs.
Chefs are real characters and French Master Chef Antoine Westermann is
certainly one. “I don’t try to create surprises, but emotions,” is just
one of his signature quotes. Hailing from Alsace, France, bordering
Germany, Chef Westermann combines flavors inspired by his childhood
memories and those of the world in his inventive cooking. The region’s
traditions and the warm, festive cooking of his parents were among the
many reasons that inspired him to become a chef.
Antoine Westermann is both philosophical and architectural in his
culinary creations. He looks to add value to his product and its
entourage as in the “Roasted Britanny lobster with home-made orange
tagliatelle” and the “Roasted suckling pig with Cèpe mushrooms and
seasonal vegetable confit.” Both of these dishes are typical of his
approach. In one, the citric tang accelerates the taste buds,
emphasizing the cultural blend of French and Italian traditional
cuisines. The other intercontinental creation nicely marries the Asian
preference for roasted pork and the French cèpe mushrooms with our fresh
local vegetables from the Royal Project adding the final touch. Both of
the above cited dishes will be appearing on the à la carte dégustation
This one-of-a-kind gourmet experience can be booked for dinner only
(5,800 baht per person) or cooking class only (6,000 baht per person)
for cooking class plus dinner.
All prices are subject to 10% service charge and applicable government
arly reservations are recommended. Please call +66 53 888 888 ext.8929
or email [email protected] for more information.