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By on May 4, 2010

Addressing gender roles to prevent sexual violence in Thailand

It is great to see an article in the Journal of The Medical Association of Thailand that calls for a nation wide school-based program to promote gender equity to prevent sexual violence.  When will we see this in the United States?

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Gender roles, physical and sexual violence prevention in primary extend to secondary school in Samutsakorn Province, Thailand.

Chamroonsawasdi K, Suparp J, Kittipichai W, Khajornchaikul P. Journal of The Medical Association of Thailand 2010; 93(3): 358-65.

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(Copyright © 2010, Medical Association of Thailand)

OBJECTIVE: To enhance positive attitude and life skills on gender roles to prevent physical and sexual violence.

MATERIAL AND METHOD: A whole school-based participatory learning program using a quasi-experimental study with pre and post test design was conducted among 2 schools during June-September, 2005. The experimental group, were 134 students in a primary school and 179 students in a secondary school. While the control group, were 122 students in a primary school and 95 students in secondary school.

RESULTS: Means score of attitude toward gender roles before implementation in the experimental group was significantly lower than the control group (p < 0.05). After implementation, the means score in the experimental group was not significantly different from the control group (p > 0.05). Means paired different score (after-before) between the two groups was significantly different (p = 0.002).

CONCLUSION: A whole school-based program on gender roles and violence prevention is suitable for youths and should be merged as school curricula and expanded as a nationwide program at all level of education. Gender equity should be taught at an early childhood. Parental involvement in school-based activities should be negotiated.

One response to “Addressing gender roles to prevent sexual violence in Thailand”

  1. I am the Executive Director of the Clinton County Women’s Center here in Central PA…a domestic violence/sexual assault crisis center. I just returned from a 4-week tour of Thailand sponsored by Rotary International. Because Rotary is based on vocations, I was slated to visit centers such as I work at in Thailand…alas, they did not schedule me for any…they don’t exist…or so that was said. I had done a bit of research before I left and knew that there were several in/around Bangkok. I made a request once I arrived there and with a little work from those who were my guides, etc… was able to visit with the Director of the Foundation for Women in Bangkok. This was very enlightening, as was the anecdotal conversations I had with many women who I met along my travels throughout northeast Thailand and Laos. I am interested in anything on the topic and am here asking what you may have to offer. My travels were wonderful, Thailand is a beautiful country with equally beautiful people. I am planning a possible trip back in 2012…perhaps in 2011…and am looking to read, research, internet surf, etc… on all I can!
    Respectfully,
    Cindy Love
    Executive Director
    Clinton County Women’s Center
    34 West Main Street
    Lock Haven, PA 17745

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