In celebration of Thai Women’s Day 2008, the National Council of Women under Her Majesty the Queen’s royal patronage is organizing an exhibition in recognition of the eminent roles of eight female members of the Royal Family.
The week-long exhibition takes place from July 31 to August 5 at the IMPACT Exhibition Hall, Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi province. It features Her Majesty the Queen, Her Royal Highness the late Princess Mother, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn, Her Royal Highness the late Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra, Princess Ubol Ratana, Her Royal Highness Princess Srirasm, the Royal Consort to His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, and Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali.
These members of the Royal Family have contributed greatly to Thailand and the Thai people in various fields. They are recognized in the exhibition as the “Gems of the Royal House of Chakri.” Apart from the exhibition, the week-long celebration of Thai Women’s Day also includes discussions on the roles of women and a bazaar of Thai products. On August 5, Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali will preside over a ceremony to present plaques of honor to 50 outstanding Thai women and nine outstanding young Thai women. The presentation marks the fifth year of the celebration of Thai Women’s Day.
As proposed jointly by the Ministry of Interior, the National Council of Women, and women’s groups across the country, the Cabinet on 29 July 2003, acknowledged the designation of August 1 each year as Thai Women’s Day. The reason is that August 1 usually marks the start of activities carried out to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s birthday, August 12. Her Majesty the Queen was then asked if she would grant permission for the observance of Thai Women’s Day to be in her honor on this special occasion each year.
Starting from this year, Her Majesty granted permission for the use of the Cattleya “Queen Sirikit” orchid as the symbol for Thai Women’s Day. A crossbred Cattleya, which is well known and loved among orchid lovers, this variety of orchid yields long white blossoms with yellow lips. It is one of the flowers bearing the royal name “Queen Sirikit” of Thailand, by Her Majesty’s royal consent.
Her Majesty the Queen is recognized as Mother of the Thai Nation. She has given support to the cause of Thai women. While His Majesty the King has worked to improve the lot of poor farmers, Her Majesty has worked to improve the lot of women. In Thailand, a large number of women are farmers, either working alone or side-by-side with their male counterparts. Very often the returns for their labor provide them with only a subsistence income. Her Majesty the Queen has introduced supplementary occupations for Thai women to earn extra income through the Foundation for the Promotion of Supplementary Occupations and Related Techniques, or the SUPPORT Foundation. She has not only provided them with opportunities to earn more income, but has also given them pride in their fine craftsmanship in arts and crafts.
Her Majesty the Queen’s exceptional, outstanding leadership in fostering the roles of Thai women has received recognition both in Thailand and abroad.