Thai Women’s Day in Honor of Her Majesty the Queen

Various public and private sectors and women’s groups are joining hands with the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security in organizing a celebration of Thai Women’s Day in honor of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.

1 August each year marks Thai Women’s Day in honor of Her Majesty the Queen, who is recognized as Mother of the Land.

Thai Women’s Day has been celebrated since 2003. The celebration is also aimed at underlining the important role of Thai women. It was proposed jointly by the Ministry of Interior, the National Council of Women of Thailand, and women’s groups across the country. The Cabinet approved the designation of the day in July in the same year.

The reason is that 1 August usually marks the start of activities carried out to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday. Her Majesty was then asked if she would grant permission for the annual observance of Thai Women’s Day to be in her honor on this occasion.

She assigned Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to preside over the first celebration of Thai Women’s Day on 1 August 2003 at Ambara Gardens, Dusit Palace, in Bangkok. Later, Her Majesty granted permission for the use of the cattleya “Queen Sirikit” orchid as the symbol for Thai Women’s Day. This variety of orchid is one of the flowers bearing the royal name “Queen Sirikit” of Thailand, by Her Majesty’s royal consent.

The year 2014 marks the 12th anniversary of the celebration of Thai Women’s Day, coinciding with the auspicious occasion of Her Majesty the Queen’s 82nd birthday.

The activities to mark Thai Women’s Day include the presentation of plaques of honor to outstanding Thai women, exhibitions, and discussions. This year, they will be held at IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center, Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi province on 1 August. Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will preside over the opening ceremony.

Her Majesty has given immense support to the cause of Thai women. For instance, she has sponsored programs and organizations providing educational and training opportunities to enable women to improve their economic and social welfare, while enhancing appreciation for their national cultural heritage. She stressed that the duties of Thai women to bring happiness and progress to the family, society, and the country as a whole.

Her Majesty’s exceptional leadership in fostering the role of Thai women has received international recognition in the form of awards and honorary degrees from many institutions and organizations. Among these awards were the UNICEF Recognition Award and the UNIFEM Award of Excellence presented to her in 1992.

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