Celebrating Bangkok’s leading ladies—from the fields of hospitality, tourism, food, media, communications, and the arts
On March 8th the world will celebrate International Women’s Day, but for Bangkok 101 our entire March issue is being given over—as much as possible—to celebrating women. In our cover feature stories we have focused primarily on women in this city who have made great strides in the realms of tourism, hospitality, food and beverage, media, and the arts, but we also have a few more of Bangkok’s “badass babes” featured throughout the rest of the magazine as well.
Of course, it’s worth reflecting that there are a lot of women the world over who are not quite so lucky, and who do not have the opportunities or good fortune that our featured females are blessed with. For them, the struggle still endures but organized activities such as International Women’s Day at least puts a spotlight on their plight.
Perfectly timed with International Women’s Day, the weeklong HeForShe Arts Week event takes place in Bangkok from the 8th to 15th of March. The event encompasses a number of initiatives related to arts and culture that will bring gender equality to the forefront of the public sphere, including a 4-day film festival at SF Cinema, Central World. Among the screenings is the drama film Mustang, which depicts the lives of five orphan sisters in Northern Turkey, and Desert Flower, a biographical film of model and activist Waris Dirie. For those who don’t know, HeForShe is a solidarity campaign for gender equality initiated by UN Women. Its goal is to engage men and boys as agents of change. www.facebook.com/unwomenasia.
The 2nd edition of Festival Du Feminin in Bangkok, billed as a “transformative journey for women by women”, gets underway from March 24th to 25th at the Vie Hotel (117/39-40 Phaya Thai Rd). Organized by Sylvie Baradel, the 2-day women-only event is fully dedicated to the exploration of the feminine through 20 interactive workshops, with time and space devoted to body-mind experiences, women’s personal growth, the healing arts, and spirituality sessions—hosted by an array of local and international experienced workshop facilitators. Tickets are B6,000 for both days, and B3,000 for a single day pass. Those interested can register by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 085 020 4777 for more details. www.festivaldufeminin.com
In April the Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference Bangkok convenes—from April 3rd to the 5th—at Bangkok University (109 Rama 4 Rd). This international 3-day conference connects researchers and practitioners who are interested in further advancing the field of women’s entrepreneurship. The 2017 edition of WECB promises to be a motivating, educational, and social experience, where local, regional, and international experts can exchange their research and experience. Women’s entrepreneurship has been strongly identified as an increasingly important contributor for economic growth and welfare, in particular for developing nations. www.women-entrepreneurship.org
Finally, on May 12th a Women In Tech event will be staged at Launchpad Co. Ltd (Sethiwan Tower, 139 Pan Rd) and will focus on the Southeast Asian tech scene. A highly experienced panel of women working in the industry will be discussing how companies are using technology to connect people, create communities, and facilitate business. Tickets for the event are B500 each. www.akinasia.com/women-in-tech
Feminine Fine Art
There are two interesting female-centric art events taking place this month in Bangkok. Don’t miss La Femme, a celebration of International Women’s Art in Bangkok, which is being held at the River City Shopping Complex (Charoenkrung 24). The exhibition, which runs from March 8th to 26th, encompasses eight artists, from seven countries, including Thailand’s own Karma Sirikogar. Among the other artists—hailing from Cuba, Israel, Colombia, Brazil, and India—is Mexican artist Cesar Arechiga, the lone male in the group, who was specially invited to participate and showcase his powerful collection of ‘Women Expressions’. For more info call 094 464 2864.
On a much different note, local Thai artist Nualtong Prasarnthong has a display of her whimsical work on at Gaysorn Village (999 Phloen Chit Rd) until March 12th. This solo art exhibition, entitled ‘Eye On You’, is part of the mall’s Let It Be Love campaign (which opened last month just in time for Valentine’s Day). Visitors can check out Nualtong’s innovative works, including a gigantic 15-metre high jewelry installation in the main foyer and 26 acrylic paintings on display in the G level gallery.