Center for Protection of Afghan Women Journalists (CPAWJ) is an Afghan media women activists in Afghanistan, which is established in cooperation with the Reporters Sanse Frontier—reporters without border (RSF) and World Organization for Reporters Advocacy (WORA) to defend women journalists’ rights in society and at worksite.
The Kabul based main office of the center, with representatives of active woman journalists in ten provinces of Afghanistan, is activated as the first women reporters network.
Women journalists are the victim of retardation by the enemies of freedom of expression on one hand, and on the other, face certain dimness in implementation of law and discrimination in the society and worksite.
Growing violence, torture and harassment against women journalists was behind reduction in the number of women journalists in the country.
In many provinces of the country, women journalists are working with difficulties in the field of media, while in some other provinces, actually there is no female journalist.
Prevailing war and insecurity have widely victimized female journalists. They are also badly the main victim of discrimination in the society and at worksite, a problem needed to be put an end.
Threat and violence against woman journalists is an effort to restrict freedom of information and media in Afghanistan.
The CPAWJ is working hard to cover events about the situation of female journalists, in cooperation with the media outlets and coordination with the government and civil society as well as through holding training courses to help improve women journalist condition.
Pleading for female journalists’ equal rights and equal wages, preventing sexual abuse at worksite, paving the way for helping them partake in management and leadership is one of other main goals of the center.
Activation of the Center for Protection of Afghan Women Journalists (CPAWJ) in March 7. 2017 is a gift to those courageous women who dared any danger to undertake their duty to provide and have access to information, under the hard condition.
Freedom of expression and access to free and independent information is one of Afghanistan’s achievements in the last 16 years and activation of such media, reporter and media activist is unprecedented in the country’s history.
Nevertheless, violence and threat are constantly continuing against media workers, particularly female journalists are badly facing violence and discrimination.