On March 9th 2014, PPAO Chief Executive – Paiboon Upattising took part in the opening ceremony of the PPAO-funded 2014 International Women’s Day celebration. The event, held at Sanamchai Field in Phuket Town, was hosted by Governor Maitri Inthusut and also in attendance were PPAO Executives, Council Members and Division Heads. Participats included local dignitaries, many of whom dressed up in colorful traditional costumes.
In his opening speech, Mr Paiboon explained that the event was designed to celebrate women’s achievement and encourage them to take a more significant role in the shaping of society. It also aims to educate women about their legal standing and rights through an advocacy booth which was set up within the fair. Other stalls like OTOP highlighted the local women’s attempts at financial independence. PPAO also hoped that the fair would act as a springboard for women to develop their full potential and inspire them to be ready for the upcoming AEC.
Apart from the booths mentioned above, there were local cooking competitions, a lecture by award-winning speaker on ‘Thai Women Look Toward AEC’, award ceremony for Outstanding Women Philanthropists of the Year 2014, and performances by local women’s groups, among others.
Governor Maitri thanked PPAO who was been the main supporter of the yearly International Women’s Day celebration. The Governor is well aware that the local women are the backbone of the province’s success, but he also likes them to consider adding six more qualities to their virtue, namely:
1. To empower the institutions of nation, religion and the King
2. To nurture family and community
3. To forge a career for financial advancement
4. To take part in shaping of society
5. To develop their own stature
6. To look forward to AEC