Thailand: Hijab-wearing football club a space for diversity
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Thailand: Hijab-wearing football club a space for diversity

Anticha Saengchai and Daranee Thongsiri insist that Thailand’s Deep South region, called Patani by local people, has no shortage of social issues that need to be discussed, such as gender equality. They believe that women and LGBT people should have a say in the current peace process so that they can participate in determining Patani’s future. To further this cause, Anticha and Daranee have created a football club to provide local women and LGBT individuals a space to express themselves. “We want to convey to the women who come to play with us is the idea that they really can do things they may have thought they couldn’t, such as self-expression and leadership. We believe that the simple activity of football will affect other parts of their lives.”


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