Pranom Somwong

Protection International (Thailand)

Being a human rights activist is harder for women, as many of them had to look after their families and make a living while maintaining an active role campaigning for justice and basic human rights. During the past year, threats against female human rights defenders remained severe, even though the women were less likely to suffer severe harm – such as assassination or kidnap – than their male counterparts. Women were impacted by the loss of family members, lawsuits and hardships to maintain their families while being threatened.

“From the stories of women human rights activists across the country, we found that they are living in great distress. Not only do they have to face danger from their activism, they have to take care of their family. In the meantime they have a duty to go to court, gather evidence for their cases and earn money for litigation. »