จดหมายข่าว โครงการอียูรับมือโควิด ฉบับที่ 3 / EU COVID-19 Response & Recovery Project Newsletter Issue 3

EU COVID-19 Response & Recovery Project Newsletter Issue 3

The COVID-19 pandemic was still ongoing at the end of 2021 with the new Omicron strain. Although the government had implemented measures to control the spread, such as designating risk areas and restricting opening times of places with high risk, the number of infected persons continued to increase and broadly impacted everyone in aspects of health, economy, and society, especially to those vulnerable groups.

However, partner organisations of the EU COVID-10 Response & Recovery Project had by then all received increased experience, skills, and expertise working under limitations in the past, and therefore responded to and revised plans under the project, such as adjusting the type of activity conducted or the number of participants involved to ensure in advance the safety of the target groups and staff, enabling more activities to be carried out than during the first half of 2021. The main activity still focused on building up knowledge on disaster response and food security, to support communities to have a plan to respond to disasters in future, to convey the information from the targeted groups out to the wider public, and to enhance the capacity of partner organisations in carrying out the activities in various aspects.

In the final two trimesters of the project (January-June 2022), each partner organisation compiled a summary and list of challenges from carrying out the activities in order to develop a set of policy recommendations regarding COVID-19 response in various dimensions, such as a forum for exchanging views on disaster response that will drive policy and revise disaster laws, a seminar on future city planning “Creating urban food spaces” that involves Bangkok Governor candidates, and the seminar “Migrant workers and access to relief during COVID-19 pandemic in Thailand” for state agencies and relevant organisations, in order to present the problems and offer solutions to the public, as well as to encourage all relevant parties to carry out responses and participate in solving the problems of the various target groups in a concrete and sustainable manner.

Click here to read the EU COVID-19 Response & Recovery Project Newsletter Issue 3


จดหมายข่าวโครงการอียูรับมือ โควิด ฉบับที่ 2 ประจำปี 2564

EU COVID-19 Response & Recovery Project Newsletter Issue 2

The outbreak of COVID-19 in early 2021 is currently still ongoing. Therefore, the government has leveled up the control measures, for example, determination of COVID-19 risk areas, the control of inter-provincial travel, the enforcement of curfews, etc. which results in challenges facing for the fieldwork. The EU COVID-19 Response and Recovery Project and partnered organizations therefore have adjusted their activities to the occurring circumstance, such as changing forms of some activities from onsite to online operations, adjusting number of participants and activity patterns to be safe for the target groups and actors.

This adjustment has created learning, innovation, and cooperation among partner organizations so that activities can be carried out under various constraints. However, during the first year of the program, more than 45% of all activities had already been organized, such as distributing survival bags and hygiene products to schools and communities as well as other target groups, developing necessary professional skills during the outbreak of COVID-19, promoting knowledge on disaster response and food security, encouraging communities’ planning for future disasters, communicating with society to pass on information of the target- groups to public, as well as strengthening the capacity of associated organizations in various dimensions to carry out activities to be able to reach the target groups of more than 32,000 people in 40 provinces across the country.

Click here to read the EU COVID-19 Response & Recovery Project Newsletter Issue 2


จดหมายข่าว โครงการอียูรับมือโควิด ฉบับที่ 1

EU COVID-19 Response & Recovery Project Newsletter Issue 1

Since the emergence of COVID-19, Thailand's national economy and society have been affected on an unprecedented level. With the support of the European Union, the EU COVID-19 Response and Recovery Project marches forward to consistently launch activities for the benefit of vulnerable groups and communities, such as provision of survival bags and training, with no undue delay in several areas of Thailand. All activities have met with positive feedback from the target groups and associated organisations taking part in shaping them with an objective to ensure a sustainable triumph over the pandemic.

Read the first issue of the EU COVID-19 Response & Recovery Project Newsletter


จดหมายข่าว มูลนิธิแอ็คชั่นเอด ประเทศไทย (กรกฎาคม 2563) / ActionAid Thailand Newsletter (July 2020)

ActionAid Thailand Newsletter Issue 3/2020 (July 2020)

Stay connected to ActionAid Thailand through our latest e-newsletter!

In the past quarter, ActionAid Thailand directed its efforts to respond to the multidimensional impact of COVID-19. Our emergency appeal was able to provide food and non-food items for the most small school children. We also launched a civil society consortium project that will increase preparedness and resilience of vulnerable groups such as migrant workers and marginalised communities to mitigate the socioeconomic impact of the pandemic. In response to the surge of domestic violence in Thailand during lockdown, the Safe Cities for Women Network introduced #TeamPueakNeighborhood, an online campaign encouraging people to look out for each other despite the barrier of physical distancing. Also highlighted in this newsletter is how Thailand's indegineous networks in the north and south mobilised their resources to tackle food insecurity under the Rice for Fish exchange scheme.

Download the July 2020 issue of the newsletter


Don’t cut women’s lifelines, warns ActionAid, as gender-based violence surges worldwide during COVID-19

Don’t cut women’s lifelines, warns ActionAid as gender-based violence surges worldwide during COVID-19

Global lockdowns and coronavirus restrictions have unleashed a shocking surge in gender-based violence (GBV) in countries across Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America, as women’s shelters are shut down and countries divert funding to battle the pandemic.

New research by ActionAid, based on surveys of local support services and women’s movements worldwide, also found that domestic violence survivors with live legal cases were increasingly being forced to settle out of court, due to COVID-related court closures. This is increasing community tensions and damaging survivors’ ability to rebuild their lives.

ActionAid’s Country Director in Nigeria, Ene Obi, says: “We have never been more alarmed about the violence unleashed on women and girls than in recent times.

“Girls, women, young and old, are living in fear as they don’t even feel safe in their own homes. Due to the pandemic, arrest is no longer enough to serve as a deterrent, as most of these cases are being settled out of court. This means there is no real justice for the survivors and their families.”

Key findings from the report, Surviving COVID-19: A Women-Led Response show that:

    • In Bangladesh, ActionAid’s network of support services, including in the Rohingya refugee camps, found a tenfold (983%) increase in sexual and domestic violence this April to May, compared to the same period last year.
    • In Brazil, 143 women were killed across 12 states in March and April this year and had a 22% increase in femicide compared to last year, according to data from security agencies. In the Northern State, Acre, femicide is up 300%.
    • In Uganda, ActionAid was forced to temporarily shut down 10 of its shelters due to lockdown restrictions, even though the caseloads doubled in March and April 2020 during the outbreak, compared to the prior year.
    • In the Gaza Strip, an ActionAid partner organisation reports supporting 700% more survivors of GBV through its counselling services this April-May than in 2019.
    • In Italy, a review of more than 228 shelters saw the number of women who asked for support through the government’s anti-violence hotline increase by 59%.
    • In Nigeria, where the government has declared a state of emergency following a sharp spike in cases of femicide and rape, one women’s shelter reported a 700% increase in cases of violence since lockdown. ActionAid is calling for a ban on bail and out of court settlements for these brutal cases, following 253 harrowing attacks documented since lockdown.

The persistent, yet predicable increased rape and murder of women, which happens in any emergency, remains the most ignored and underfunded part of the UN’s Global Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for COVID-19. Less than 0.3% of the funding needed to protect women from violence has been committed.

Four years ago, at the inaugural World Humanitarian Summit, the world promised that 25% of humanitarian funding would go directly to local organisations, such as the women’s shelters featured in ActionAid’s new report. But the UN’s global plan for COVID-19 is way off track, with just 0.1% of funding going to local organisations.

Julia Sánchez, Secretary General of ActionAid International, said:

“COVID-19 is a health and economic crisis which has also unleashed a horrifying surge in femicide, rape and violence against women and girls. Our research shows this is a worldwide phenomenon, played out with shocking regularity and predictability, and is clearly under-reported.

“Governments, charities and donors worldwide must respond urgently, to scale up the pitiful levels of funding for women’s protection services and local organisations working on the frontline of the COVID–19 pandemic and indeed in all humanitarian crises and disasters.

“Two thirds of the world’s health workers are women, yet only a quarter of decision-making bodies for the pandemic are female .This explains why health research doesn’t monitor women’s specific needs and decisions are being made without women in mind, despite women bearing the brunt of the fallout.”

ActionAid’s report warns that the world is "sleepwalking into the shadow pandemic of global femicide". The organisation is calling for GBV services like women’s shelters and referral pathways to be classified as essential in all countries.

ActionAid is responding to the COVID-19 crisis in 40 countries around the world. Its frontline, women-led services have all reported increases in violence against women and girls since the start of the pandemic. More than 60% of its humanitarian funding goes to local organisations, the majority to women’s organisations.

Download the report Surviving COVID-19: A Women-Led Response


ActionAid Thailand Newsletter Issue 2/2020 (April 2020)

ActionAid Thailand Newsletter Issue 2/2020 (April 2020)

Stay connected to ActionAid Thailand through our latest e-newsletter!

In this issue, catch highlights from our work in the first quarter of 2020, from ActionAid Federation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the new education project funded by the European Union that aims to build capacity and engage civil society organisations in taking active roles in school governance, to how ActionAid celebrated and honoured International Women's Day (8 March) around the world.

We also talked to "Khru Bua" or Ms. Buntharik Suesat, a small school teacher from Nan Province on being part of a local education reform, transforming her school int a Thinking School, proving that a quality classroom can be provided without an abundance of resources.

Download the April 2020 issue of the newsletter


จดหมายข่าว 4/2562

ActionAid Thailand Newsletter Issue 4/2019 (October 2019)

Stay connected to ActionAid Thailand through our latest e-newsletter.

In this issue, we announce the return of ActionAid's run event with ActionAid Virtual Run 2019. Read stories our key programme work between August and October 2019, including the coalition of development organisations, Equal Stand, to improve the quality of Thai education and make its access equal and equitable; and the First Pin Initiative that enlists students and the public's help in identifying urban spaces prone to street harassment and reporting them via an application.

Catch highlights of people's actions during the Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2019, followed by youth-led Global Climate Strike activities, in which Thai environmental activists and students joined millions around the world on 20 September to combat climate change and demand better of their governments.

Download the October 2019 issue of the newsletter