Thailand is offering a free course to help women cope with challenges of interracial marriage
In a world where racial discrimination is still an issue, this is such a welcome change.
Cases of religious/cultural differences and worse still--scams and human trafficking while moving abroad with your partner--in interracial marriages aren't unheard of. We've seen them in movies, we've watched them on news channels, and we've heard them from people we know.
While the world watches these incidents and acts only when the mishap has already happened, there's one country that has taken a very sensible measure to prevent such cases from happening in the first place--setting a great example for the rest for other countries as well.
We are talking about Thailand, which deserves all the appreciation in the world for working towards the welfare of their women. According to a report in Reuters, the country is introducing a free course for Thai women in a bid to help them cope with the challenges of marrying a foreigner and settling abroad and to avoid potential scams.
"Our course will teach women how to conduct themselves, about the laws of their destination country, and how to prepare before going," said Patcharee Arayakul, a senior official at Thailand's social development ministry.
"This is to reduce the risks of women being scammed or being a victim of human trafficking," he added.
But that's not it. The course also covers the issue of a cultural shock that Thai women might face post marrying a foreigner. It educates them about their lawful rights as an immigrant to their partner's country, and encourages them to respect themselves and their culture while embracing a new life.
"Thai women, especially those from the northeast region, are soft-spoken and submissive. They must learn to respect themselves and their culture," said Ploynisa Duangdararungrueng, a former spa manager who is married to German national Ralf Wacker.
To be honest, this is a great step towards the progress of women and humanity as a whole for it effectively tackles the issue of racism, cultural differences, and human trafficking--all at once. Kudos to the Thai government!