Dr. Saisuree Chutikul: Influential Leader
My final report is inspired by Dr. Saisuree Chutikul, a world leading voice in the fight against human trafficking and the protection of women and children’s rights. Her life and career shows how she used many leadership traits, styles and teams, to create laws, action groups, and shape global policy.
Dr. (Mrs.) Saisuree Chutikul was born on March 2, 1935 in Bangkok, Thailand. She studied in the US and her Educational background includes a B.A. in Music (cum laude) and a B.Ed from Whitworth College, Spokane, Washington, a M.S. in Educational Administration and Ed.D in Educational Psychology and Guidance ...view middle of the document...
Thailand’s „relative“ prosperity attracts immigrants from neighboring countries who are fleeing conditions of poverty and repression. Once in the country the undocumented immigrants are trafficked for forced labor in fishing-related industries, factories, agriculture, construction, domestic work, and begging. Women and children are trafficked from Burma, Cambodia, Laos, China, Vietnam, Russia, and Uzbekistan for commercial sexual exploitation in Thailand (please see attached map in Reference section). But what is human trafficking? According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) there are five elements to the internationally approved definition of human trafficking (U.S. State Dept Trafficking in Persons Report, June, 2009) :
• recruitment; false job offers, kidnapping or the purchase of human beings.
• physical transportation of trafficked persons.
• physical or psychological coercion and/or deception involved in offers of work.
• exploitation of work done as a final objective.
• absence of informed consent.
But that is not the true problem. There are laws (enacted 50 years ago) against such crimes but they are not enforced. Why? ''A good law is often not enforced because of deep prejudices'' Human rights lawyer Siriwan said. ''We cannot expect the problem of slavery to go away unless we tackle our own prejudices that endorse the exploitation.'' (Humantrafficking.org, 2007) Thailand is listed as the center of human trafficking. With help and vision of Dr. Chutikul they are drafting an anti-human trafficking bill which will also punish the use of slave labor. So how does one tackle the prejudices? How does a person change years of what is thought by many as „normal“ behavior towards women, children and migrants? How do you fight the system? Great vision, evidence-based leadership and strategic decision making.
Leadership in Action
After seeing first hand the trafficking and slavery in her own country, Dr. Chutikul vowed to do all she could to one day eliminate these human travesties. First, she knew she had to be educated so she went to the US for college and continuing education. While in the US she learned to network and make significant and lasting relationships. There were others that also wanted to fight oppression in their countries and they also were being educated in the US. Plus, she knew the US was a powerful nation and with her American counterparts and peers she would eventually gain access into the governments of other countries to enlist their help with the cause. But how does Evidence-based leadership come into play? Evidence-based leadership creates and nurtures an emphasis on strategic planning, action research, monitoring, evaluation, and review. Dr. Chutikul had done her research and has created a personal plan to become educated and learn about the government systems and processes. She also took it upon herself to research and learn about the people involved in...