Paper: Women Now Comprise 16 per cent of Thai MPs

Petdao Tohmeena, newly elected party list MP for the Bhumjai Thai Party, speaks at an event in Pattani.

Petdao Tohmeena, newly elected party list MP for the Bhumjai Thai Party, speaks at an event in Pattani.

Sudarat Keyuraphan led Pheu Thai to win 136 constituencies as chairwoman in the 2019 elections. In fact, Pheu Thai gained the most constituency seats of any part in the 2019 race under her leadership. Sudarat’s power is indicative of a trend of women moving up the ranks of the Thai party, and the greater involvement of women in Thai politics in general. 

In this paper, Pia Deshpande discusses the increasing representation of women in Thai government and the possible factors behind that shift.

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