Funded by Global Affairs Canada, WFD began implementing the ASEAN women’s political leadership programme in February 2022, aimed at creating an environment that better enables politically active women to participate and exercise leadership in politics across the ASEAN countries. In December 2022, WFD published a research report on the state of women’s political leadership in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. The report breaks down the structural, institutional, economic, and cultural factors that hinder or stop women from exercising full political participation, leadership, and governance.
Built on these findings, WFD has identified media as one of the key factors that can build broader public awareness and positive perception of women's political leadership. Therefore, WFD collaborated with The Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University, and the Thai Journalists Association conducting a series of five workshops during February-June 2023 for 20 journalists from traditional media, online media, as well as independent media across Thailand focusing on gender justice and gender sensitivity in reporting.
After the series of five intense workshops, the facilitators produced a comprehensive manual titled Manual for Journalists in Reporting with a Gender Justice and Gender Sensitivity Perspective. The manual aimed to increase understanding and acts as a guideline for journalists to report political news and sexual harassment cases with gender justice and gender sensitivity perspective.