Bangkok, Thailand (BBN) – Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand has joined the United Nations “say no to violence against women” at a ceremony to mark her designation as a goodwill ambassador in Thailand for the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).
Princess Bajrakitiyabha – a doctoral graduate in law from Cornell University and an Assistant Public Prosecutor in Thailand – handed out “say no” cards at the ceremony in Bangkok on Friday, attended by ministers, senior Government officials, dignitaries and representatives from civil society, a UN press statement said on Monday.
The UNIFEM invited Princess Bajrakitiyabha to be a goodwill ambassador in recognition of her initiative known as Kamlangjai (Inspire), which aims to empower women inmates, including pregnant inmates and their babies in correctional facilities.
The Thai Constitution has provisions to address violence against women, including domestic violence.
At least one out of every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime, with the abuser usually someone known to her, according to the UNIFEM.