The official language of Thailand is Thai, it is the principal language of education and government and spoken throughout the country. It is written in the Thai alphabet, an abugida script that evolved from the Khmer script. English is a mandatory school subject, but the number of fluent speakers remains very low, especially outside the cities. Currently there are no Thailand Chapter of Wikimedia and a Thailand user in Australia expressing interest to established one during RecentChangesCamp, Canberra in 2012.
In January 2012 Thai Wikipedia rank 21 out of 280 languages Wikipedia. In December 2011, the number of very active users (more than 100 edits per month) in Thai Wikipedia consist of 35 users while there are 262 active users (five edits per month). In December 2011, there were 4,180 people and ,800 women of all ages from Thailand who were interested in Wikipedia. In December 2011, according to Alexa, Wikipedia was ranked the 11th most popular site in the country.
- Volunteer projects, popularity, readership, and contribution
In December 2011, according to Alexa, Wikinews was ranked the 30,289th most popular site in the country.
- Thai women perspective to free knowledge
- Women in Thailand
- Women in Thailand were among the first women in Asia who were granted the right to vote in 1932. However, they are still underrepresented in Thai politics. Factors that affect women's participation in the socio-economic field include "inadequate gender awareness in the policy and planning process" and social stereotyping. Despite of the absence of legal limitations to women participating in the politic arena of Thailand, the factors that impeded the rise of women in political activities include structural barriers, cultural impediments, lower educational attainments, lower socio-economic status, and power-sharing issues with the opposite sex. In the realm of entrepreneurship, Thailand’s female population comprised 47% of the country’s workforce, which makes up the highest percentage of working women in the region of the Asia-Pacific. However, these women are also confronted by hiring discrimination and gender inequality in relation to wages because of being "concentrated in lower-paying jobs".
- The Foundation
During the December 2011 fundraising appeal, no Thai, men or women, were featured are part of the appeal.