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Promoting women’s participation and leadership

Got their hands dirty for a good cause

What can I do this weekend?

Beauty queen beautifies Chiang Mai

Haute cuisine by French Master Chef Antoine Westermann

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.

Mrs. 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.

Mrs. 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 countries.

Mr. Suwit Kuntaroj, Director General of the Office of Women’s Affairs and Family Development presided over the opening of “Promoting Women’s Participation in Leadership” program.
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 Thailand.
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 Antoine Westermann

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.

Master 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 menu.
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 taxes.
arly reservations are recommended. Please call +66 53 888 888 ext.8929 or email [email protected] for more information.