Monday, September 27, 2010

Female district head officers

When I found the complete list of all head district officer (นายอำเภอ) as of middle of 2009, this table allowed me to do some interesting statistics because, as usual for Thai name lists, the title is included with the name.

Out of the total of 877 districts - this list dates before the creation of Galyani Vadhana district - most of the district officers have the title นาย (Nai), simply Mister, altogether 853 district officers are civil men. Only 16 have various military titles, and even more striking is the fact that just four of the head district officers are female, two being a Ms. (นางสาว) and two a Mrs. (นาง), though since a recent change in the name title act it does not mean these two are really married. Another four districts were vacant at the time of the list.

The four female district officers are the following
  • Mrs. Kitsuda Chanson (นาง กิจสุดา จันทรสนธิ), Mueang Nakhon Nayok district, Nakhon Nayok province
  • Mrs. Nipha Suwannasutrat (นาง นิภา สุวรรณสุจริต), Phu Phiang district, Nan province
  • Ms. Pani Natanat (นางสาว ปาณี นาคะนาท), Ban Phraek district, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya province
  • Ms. Wanya Kamtenitngam (นางสาว วรรณา กําเหนิดงาม), Thap Than district, Uthai Thani province
The military titles found in the list are the following, with their English translation found thanks to an older blog posting on New Mandala. I am not sure if there are any female officers among these, but it wouldn't change the overall rate of female district officers that much.
  • พันจ่าอากาศเอก (พ.อ.อ.) - Flight Sergeant First Class (1FS), 1 person
  • เรือโท (ร.ท.) - Junior Lieutenant (JLT), 2 persons
  • เรืออากาศโท (ร.ท.) - Flying Officer (Flg Off), 1 person
  • ร้อยตรี (ร.ต.) - Second Lieutenant (2LT), 1 person
  • ร้อยโท (ร.ท.) - First Lieutenant (1LT), 1 person
  • ว่าที่ร้อยตรี - Acting Second Lieutenant, 8 persons
    Now, I leave it to the reader to connect the rate of 0.5% female officers with the official statement of gender equality posted today at the government information outlet.

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