Report on Thailand Gender-Disaggregated Statistics 2008

02 Feb 2008


In the past, the lack of gender-specific data in national statistics has made it diffi cult to carry out effective development planning for women in Thailand. It has been hard to estimate the extent of problems that women face, such as women’s health issues and violence against women and girls. Data is also dispersed, having been produced and disseminated by many different government agencies.

In response, the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security’s Office of Women’s Affairs and Family Development, together with UNDP, have launched Thailand’s first “Gender-Disaggregated Data and Database Project”. The project establishes an integrated database that allows for the easy access and use of data disaggregated by gender; for use in the planning and implementation of policy that promotes the equality and advancement of women.

For the first time information such as the average income of households headed by men and women, computer and internet literacy of men and women, number of women and men in the media, number of hours women and men spend on household maintenance, in specific areas will be readily available to all government agencies, the academics, NGOs, and the public. The database and associated information systems will also help Thailand meet its obligations to important international commitments such as the Beijing Declaration and Action Plan, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, and the Millennium Development Goals.

The following report presents gender-disaggregated and gender-related statistics collected or processed from the files and databases of various government and non-government agencies. The report presents 2002-2006 statistics by sex, administrative area and region and, in some cases, province. Definitions, calculation methods, data sources, as well as data development plan are included. We hope that this report will be useful for policy-makers, officials, academics, and the public, and that it will support all concerned in the promotion of gender equality and the protection of women’s rights.