When discussing gender issues in Thailand, many think immediately of sex trafficking, which has plagued the country for decades. Few would think to look to the Thailand-Myanmar border; yet today 150,000 Burmese refugees live in camps on the border, some of whom since the camps opened 25 years ago.
These refugees, mainly women and young girls, are often excluded from education and employment and, like most Thai women in rural areas, are also at risk of being trafficked. This exclusion, perpetuated over generations, is likely to affect their daughters and granddaughters too.
Lensational’s ambassador Patricia Lois Nuss traveled from Chiang Mai, the traditional arts hub in Thailand, to meet with Daughters Rising, an organisation working to prevent trafficking of at-risk girls through education and job training. Patricia worked together with a pilot group of seven women and girls to train them with basic photography and give them the opportunity to further improve their skills. The women could then take photographs of aspects of their lives typically not covered by outsiders.