22 May 2017
Thesis Examination: “Violence against Women in Shan Migrant Communities in Chiang Mai and the Role of NGOs in Support of Victims”
 
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Thesis Examination: “Violence against Women in Shan Migrant Communities in Chiang Mai and the Role of NGOs in Support of Victims”

Presenter: Mrs. Jessica Counsell, Graduate student, M.A in Social Science (Development Studies)

Examining committee:

Dr. Jennifer Leehey
Dr. Amporn Jirattikorn
Dr. Rangsima Wiwatwongwana

Date: Monday 22 May 2017
Time: 13.30-15.30 hrs
Place: RCSD study room 02-001, 2nd floor,Operational Building, Faculty of Social Sciences

About the topic:

This study examines the intersecting phenomena of violence against women and migration within the
context of Shan migrants living and working in Chiang Mai, Thailand; while also analyzing best practices
to addressing violence against women among the NGOs that serve this migrant population. Through semi-structured personal interviews and participant observation, the research shows how Shan migrant women conceptually map violence taking place in the broader community under conditions that blame the victim. In contrast, NGO workers view the largest threats of violence inside intimate relationships due to unequal gender power-relations. Apparent discrepancies in definitions and locations of violence are strongly linked to long-established gender regimes that enshroud the identities of Shan migrant women, and affect NGOs’ abilities to serve this population. The researcher argues for an intersectional approach to addressing violence against migrant women and recommends feminist-centered trainings for NGO workers.

About the Speaker:

Jessica Counsell, an M.A. candidate with RCSD program from Chiang Mai University, will complete her Social Sciences degree in May 2017. After receiving her B.A. in Spanish from Indiana University, USA she served in both AmeriCorps and the U.S. Peace Corps programs, specializing in women’s social development and community engagement. She is currently with Partners: Relief in Development as a Community Engagement volunteer, developing a mental health and counseling framework for Kachin, Shan, and Rohingya in Myanmar.