August 29, 2018
The Center for Protection of Afghan Woman Journalists (CPAWJ) held a meeting in Kabul with the runners and heads of media companies as well as the members of Journalists’ Federation with the aim of launching practical campaign and seek ways to reduce discrimination and harassment of the female journalists.
The meeting was held as a roundtable which discussed prevention of harassment of the female journalists and providing their safety and security while they are covering the events.
The program was following the campaign or pleading for supporting the charter of prevention of harassment against female reporters that was announced by the Center for Protection of Afghan Woman Journalists. Such programs will continue discussing the issue with other groups and organizations.
“Trust building and relations among media companies particularly the runners of the outlets is very important to support the charter and rightfully support the female journalists that reassures the commitment of these outlets to the center for protection of the Afghan woman journalists,” said Farida Nekzad, head of the center.
“Challenges that female journalists are facing with are in two insider and outsider categories. Ladies working for the media, should first get capacity building. This is the responsibility of the media runners to provide professional training for their female employees,” said Seddiqollah Tawhidi, chief executive of the Afghan Journalists’ Safety Committee.
Regarding the outsider problems, Tawhidi was that there was a negative viewpoint against the media in the Afghan society and most of families do not let their daughters work in the media. This hampers ladies to develop,” he added.
Zia Boomia, member of the Journalists’ Federation leading board, emphasized that “dual discrimination” and harassment were undeniable phenomenon in the media family that need struggle.
“Scientific discussions should be held to seek practical ways for the prevention or reduction of harassment. I suggest this should be include in the school books as well,” said Boomia.
Fahim Dashti, head of National Association for Afghan Journalists, called on the female journalists to record their complaints and continue struggling so that get a result from their pleadings.
He added that female journalists could refer to the center for protection of woman journalists if they could not dare to share their complaints with the male-dominated organizations.
Ghani Modaqqeq, head of news department at the state-run National Radio & TV, called joint discussions of journalists fruitful to prevent or at least decrease harassment against women in media. He said pleading organizations could remove this phenomenon through campaigns.
Israel Naseri, head of Maiwand TV, Azizollah Hotak, head of news section at Zhwandoon TV and some others supported the charter for prevention of harassment by signing at the back page of the charter.
The charter of harassment prevention for improving women’s positions in the media was earlier prepared by the Center for Protection of Afghan Woman Journalists with the cooperation of the Reporters without Border. The center then officially announced the charter through media.
Sayed Aqa Hossein Fazel Sangcharaki, deputy culture minister in publication affaris, Khoshhal Asefi, head of Ariana TV, Lotfollah Najafizada, head of the Mobi media group, Monir Mehraban, head of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), Abdollah Azad Khenjani, head of 1TV and Monira Yousofzada, deputy Kabul governor, signed at the back page of the charter, declaring their support to the charter of harassment prevention against women in the media.
Reporting by: Beheshta Ayoubi
Editing by: Center for Protection of Afghan Woman Journalists