Official Title: Regent H.M. Somdetch Pra Nang Chao Sirikit Phra Baromma Rajini Nath of Thailand.
She took the oath as regent before the National Assembly, as her husband, King Bhumibol retired to do the traditional Buddhist studies. She was born as Mom Rajawong Sikrit Kitiyakara of Chandaburi---as a distant member of the royal family. Since 1956 she has had the title Somdetch Pra Nang Chao Sirikit Phra Baromma Rajini Nath (Queen Regent) and still acts as Deputy Head of State.
Khunying Supatra Masdit
She is the Minister to the Prime Minister’ s Office of Thailand. She is also the president of the Center for Asia-Pacific Women in Politics, the host of this meeting. The Center for Asia-Pacific Women in Politics is a Manila-based non-governmental organization established in 1992 by a number of women politicians and social workers on gender issues. It aims to promote women in politics, transformative politics in particular, which is the use of power to create change towards economic, social and political equity between sexes and among sectors within the context of shaping a society that is just, humane and promotes a sustainable way of life.
Minister Khunying Supatra is a senior female politician who has been elected as Member of Parliament for seven times since 1979 in her hometown of Nakhon Si Thammarat Province in southern Thailand. During her first term in office as a Cabinet member, Khunying Supatra engineered the establishment of Thailand’s National Commission on Women’ s Affairs, an advisory board on policies concerning women affairs to the Prime Minister, chaired by a Deputy Prime Minister. Internationally, she served as an organizing member of the First Global Summit of Women in Dublin, Ireland, in 1991, and the second one in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1992. In 1995, at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, the People’ s Republic of China, KHUNYING SUPATRA was the Convenor of the NGO Forum that ran parallel to the United Nations Conference.