August 14, 2018
The Center for Protection of Afghan Woman Journalists (CPAWJ) shared the charter of harassment prevention for women’s promotion in the media prepared with the help of the Reporters Without Borders with the media outlets.
In a press conference held Tuesday on this occasion in Kabul, Farida Nekzad, head of the center, called the aim of the charter support of female journalists and meeting their demands and complaints as well as working for reduction of gender discrimination. She said that implementation of the charter was the responsibility of the ministry of culture, and the media runners could use it as a source to support and defend female journalists’ rights.
Nekzad called the charter as “the beginning of a campaign” that could provide female reporters and media workers with secure and safe work opportunity with the coordination and help of the media runners.
“We have many laws and procedures. We do not have problems with the law, but the problems are with the law implementation. The laws have said about journalists in general, but nothing has been said about female journalists that this charter supports woman journalists,” said Nekzad.
She added that decisions are mostly made by men, suggesting that ladies should be also given the chance to join decision making boards based on merit.
Sayed Aqa Fazel Sangcharaki, deputy culture minister for publication, welcomed the charter, saying the culture ministry had recently registered several events related to harassment and gender discrimination that shows the role of media activities in reporting the events, not increasing the number of harassment and discrimination cases.
“Now, the events related to harassment and gender discrimination are reported from the remotest areas of the country that help the ministry a lot to take measures in the resolve and reduction of these challenges,” said Sangcharaki.
According to Sangcharaki, the new regulation for media formation tried to provide job rights of the female journalists. He called on the media in charges to implement the regulation and the charter.
He said of a committee formed in the culture ministry that assesses female journalists’ complaints regarding harassment and gender discrimination in the media outlets.
Wida Saghari, media and women’s rights activist, supported the charter of harassment and gender discrimination for promotion of female journalists’ positions in the media outlets, saying the implementation of the charter would be a big step towards decreasing challenges and traumas against woman journalists.
Female journalists are used as tool in the media outlets and their appearance is more important than their competence and merit.
She suggested that ladies in the media should be provided with capacity building programs so that they could appear professionally in the management level.
At the end of the presser, Sangcharaki, deputy culture minister, Khoshhal Asefi head of Ariana TV, Lotfollah Najafizada head of Mobi media goup, Monir Mehraban head of the Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), Abdollah Azad Khenjani head of 1TV and Monira Yousufzada deputy Kabul governor signed the charter and expressed support of it.
Reporting by: Beheshta Ayoubi
Editing by: Center for Protection of Afghan Woman Journalists