Luke Duggleby

Photographer
     
THAI WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Nationality: British
Biography: Luke Duggleby is an award-winning British freelance photographer who has been based in Bangkok, Thailand, for more than 15 years. Focusing on Asia, he has worked for some of the most globally respected media publications and NGO's producing... MORE
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THAI WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS
Copyright Luke Duggleby 2022
Date of Work Oct 2017 - Ongoing
Updated Mar 2022
Location Thailand
Topics Action, Activism, Civil Rights, Climate Change, Community, Conservation, Corruption, Discrimination, Documentary, Dreams, Editorial, Education, Freedom, Gay Rights, Gender, Homelessness, Human Rights, Illegal Trafficking, Isolation, Minority, Oppression, Photography, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Poverty, Protests, Racism, Relationships, Reporting, Spotlight, Womens Rights, Workers Rights, Youth

It’s been over 20 years since the United Nations unanimously adopted the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. Yet still today, human rights defenders (HRDs), and women HRDs in particular, face unique challenges when participating in the public space and standing up against injustices.WHRDs in Thailand are often subjected to violence and discrimination due to their identities and unwavering dedication to defend rights, equality and justice. 

According to the human rights NGO Protection International, between 2014 – 2019, over 225 community and rural-based Thai WHRDs have been the targets of judicial harassment due to their roles fighting for land rights and equal access to natural resources.Often, the informal networks of WHRDs themselves provide a certain degree of protection and help raise awareness and draw attention to issues. 

They also help women gain recognition for their work and enable them to build solidarity with local and international movements.It is essential to recognise that women in Thailand often form the backbone of the many struggles for social justice and the recognition of human rights. In many cases, without their brave participation, there would be no one to protect against rights violations, improve our society, build peace and strengthen democracy. 
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