|28 November 2008|
The Promotion of Opportunity and Gender Equality Bill (the
"Bill") is currently being considered by the Thai government. Once
passed, it will have a significant impact on employment policies and
The Bill will give life to the provisions of the Thai
Constitution on gender equality and female empowerment. It will
establish a legal framework for the advancement of equal opportunities
and the eradication of gender discrimination in both the public and
The Bill's five main objectives are to:
prohibit sexual discrimination and give equal rights and privileges to
both genders; establish a Committee to promote equality; establish an
Office of Feminine and Family Affairs; investigate complaints of gender
discrimination; and establish a fund to promote gender equality.
prioritising female discrimination in the workplace, the Bill also
addresses equality in educational institutions, training facilities and
many other sectors.
The Gender Equality and Equal
Opportunity Commission will be set up to propose, implement and monitor
policies and measures to prevent discrimination and punish offenders.
Victims of gender discrimination will be able to file complaints,
either orally or in writing, to the Commission, which will then
investigate and take appropriate action. Damages and other financial
support may be awarded to victims provided an application is made
within one year of the Commission’s ruling on the case.
person charged with gender discrimination may be imprisoned for up to
one year, fined up to THB 100,000, or both. If the offender is a
juristic person, the fine will be five times the amount.
under the Bill are compoundable and can be settled by payment of the
fine. The case will be referred to the Criminal Court if the offender
fails to pay within the given time.
The Bill is expected
to take effect by next year. To comply with the provisions of this
Bill, once it becomes law, employers and companies will need to
carefully reassess their human resource policies and terms and
conditions of employment.
For further information, please contact:
Chinachart Vatanasuchart ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Sarinya Israbhakdi ( email@example.com )
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