International Women’s Day: Poor women in Southeast Asia still suffer from the impact of global economic crisis
I produced this video to support Oxfam’s report called, ”Women Paying the Price: The impact of the global financial crisis on women in Southeast Asia”. The report draws on country case studies from Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia. It seeks to identify and recognise how the financial crisis has impacted on women, in order test whether East Asian governments are doing enough to support the most vulnerable.
We talked to women in three countries: Cambodia, Philippines, and Thailand and edited them together into this regional piece in Bangkok. It’s heartwrenching to watch this video each time especially if you’re a woman (even though I’m the one who produced it–luckily I have a male video editor to do most of the job). What they have to go through is so hard yet these women are so strong. They fight for their children, for their parents, and for their family. Someone said a mother can do anything to protect their children, this video will show you some of the example of this phrase and illustrate how economic crisis affects women differently than men.
The big question here is: have governments really understood the impact of the crisis on the least resilient people of the region and tailored their support to meet their needs? Find out more from the reports.