May 27, 2018
Two specific articles would be added for the female journalists in the media, said Homaira Saqeb, head of the Afghan Women News Agency.
Speaking at the second pleading meeting for implementation of the prohibition of the sexual harassment law and gender discrimination, Ms. Saqeb called lack of ladies’ presence in the management level of the media, shortage of professional capacities, shortage of job opportunities and sexual harassment as the main factors of backwardness of the ladies in the media.
“Most of the dominant laws are for men and nothing specific has been mentioned for the ladies,” she said.
Seddiqullah Tawhidi, head of the committee for Afghan journalists’ safety also mentioned the two specific articles would be added in the media law. He said that “since 2001, no law has specifically cared female journalists’ rights and responsibilities”.
He called the specific articles “very necessary” to be added for struggling gender discrimination, because without lawful guarantees, it would be impossible to make media outlets take steps for prohibition of sexual harassment.
Jaafar Rastin, adviser for the minister of information and culture in publication affairs, emphasized on the ministry’s support of the journalists and media outlets, saying that the ministry of information and culture was intent to make serious measures to provide safety for reporters, investigate cases of violence against reporters and probe complaints offered by the female journalists across the country.
“The regulation for journalists’ safety has been prepared with the cooperation of the joint government and media outlets committee, and we hope to promote it to a law,” said Rastin.
He said that the media in charges were responsible in creating a sound and safe environment for their reporters and particularly the female reporters.
Farida Nekzad, head of the Center for Protection of Afghan Woman Journalists, in a speech, said that war and insecurity, sexual harassment and lack of safe environment for the female journalists have made most of them quit their jobs in the media outlets.
She called on the ladies working for the media outlets to have cooperation with the media supporting organizations and the government to implement the law, and to not remain silent against injustice.
Reports prepared by the Center for Protection of Afghan Woman Journalists indicate that the ladies’ presence has decreased due to war, insecurity, sexual harassments, gender discriminations and the dominant traditions in the society.
Reporting by: Beheshta Ayoubi
Editing by: Center for Protection of Afghan Woman Journalist