#DontTellMeHowToDress: Bangkok officials face backlash after telling women 'cover up to avoid harassment'

Alexandra Richards
Bangkok officials warned young Thai women to “watch how they dress” in order to avoid being sexually harassed during New Year festivities: AFP/Getty Images

Bangkok officials faced a backlash after warning young Thai women to “watch how they dress” in order to avoid being sexually harassed during the country’s New Year festivities.

Local authorities warned women to dress conservatively during the festivities, which include a water fight.

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, many women have spoken out against the warning.

Writing on social media, women shared their own stories of sexual harassment over the three-day holiday known as Songkran.

Thai-American celebrity and host of Asia’s Next Top Model, Cindy Sirinya Bishop, launched a now viral campaign called #DontTellMeHowToDress in response to the warning.

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