International Women’s Day Photo Competition

A Poem by women

To be a woman is to have superpowers.
To create life.
To be soft and strong.

To be a woman is to be resilient.
To have tenacity.
To persist with odds stacked against. 

To be a woman is to be a warrior.
To have ambition.
To be a vessel for change. 

To be a woman is to be confident.
To captivate.
To be passionate in all things.

To be a woman is to be us.

To celebrate International Women’s Day this year, we asked Peace Corps Thailand volunteers to submit a photo of women that they’ve encountered during their service. The women in the following pictures inspire us, take care of us, and show us how leadership looks.

Please take a look at the following photos, and then vote for your favorite! 



“These are my mae’s. Every woman who loves me here wants me to call her “Mother.” I have survived and found happiness here due to their love, generosity, protection, and smiles.”



“Real queens fix each other’s crowns” ~Unknown



“On those long days of Practicum, this is what gave me energy: the enthusiasm and diligence of these girls and their love for learning.”



“Teamwork and fallen leaves
making new memories
supporting other queens
find me the future, please.

She is.”



“I read in my research Karen culture is thought to be a matriarchal society and I have seen this from my experience at site. I will see the women working on the hills and herding their cows during my runs and they will never fail to ask me “Ta bui za a?” or “are you tired?” Karen girls excel at class and work hard to achieve their dreams, they will tell me they want to be doctors, soldiers, runners, writers, and guides and continue to inspire their classmates with their work ethic and ambition.”



“In a mixed gender activity at my camp, one of my students took charge and gradually it became three. In this moment, my most quiet female students stepped up to the plate, gave commands and everyone listened attentively. I was shocked. Realizing what I was witnessing, I took this picture; they all looked at me and continued—unbothered like the bosses they are.”



“This is a shop in my community founded and run completely by women where they make and sell traditional Hmong clothing. The woman in the blue is the founder and also a puu-yai-bahn.”



“If you ask any volunteer, most of them can agree that their communities are held together by the Yai’s in their village. Not only does my Yai attest to that statement, but she has also shown me more tender loving care during my service that I can even begin to explain.”



“Our work should equip the next generation of women to outdo us in every field. This is the legacy we’ll leave behind.” ~Rupi Kaur


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“A strong woman is the lifeline of her family. She carries within her the power to endure the pain and the courage to sacrifice. She has the power to create and nurture life. She is indeed an epitome of love and sacrifice.” ~Aarti Khurana



“Pakkara (right) has become best friends with Suppatra (left) since Suppatra came back to school after a long hospital stay.”

Don’t forget to vote! We will announce the winners in an upcoming post.

Additionally, we would like to spotlight the PC Thailand Gender and Development/Sexual Reproductive Health committee. Take a look at some of the GAD/SRH highlights of PC service by following their Instagram account: @gadsrh_pcthailand .

1 reply »

  1. Just lovely. Each photo is precious. Wish more posts like this had been made these past 2 years. As a family member of a PCV in Thailand, I read the PCT magazine. And this is the best article so far that I’ve read.


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