December, 08, 2018
The poor life and job safety are two major elements that have affected not only men journalists, but also the women reporters in Wardak province.
Najibullah Fekrman, head of information section of the provincial information and culture department, acknowledged that lack of reasonable life and job security is the only element that puts negative impact on both men and women journalists’ works.
He added that reporters in Wardak province are threatened and harassed by powerful and irresponsible individuals and groups regarding their journalistic activities on daily basis.
“As media is called the fourth pillar of the government, journalists and particularly women reporters are making the strength of our society. The government needs to pay comprehensive attention to the situation of women journalists, so that they can reflect the disorders of the society and inform government officials which men journalists are unable to do,” Fekrman said.
Moska Zahir, a women’s rights activist, believes that women journalists have below one per cent activities in the province. She called gender discrimination as an element of women journalists’ poor activities beside their life and job security. She added that the mentioned issues are keeping women journalists from collecting information and reflect disorders of the society.
Ms. Zahir said that women enjoy less privilege than the men in the media outlets and that is due to inattention of media runners to women’s activities.
Breshna Mohammadi, another journalist and women’s rights activist in Wardak province, says she has been threatened and annoyed several times during reporting activities.
She says that corrupt individuals and armed opposition groups threatened her by night letters thrown around her house. “They did this so I stop disclosing their corruption,” she said, adding that there are many other problems before women reporters and neither the provincial government nor authorities in Kabul listen to their voices of complaint.
Meanwhile, a number of women journalists praise the Center for Protection of Afghan Women Journalists for its activities in defending their rights, calling the center as the body of solidarity and coordination for women reporters.
Wardak is a province in the center of Afghanistan, where journalism society is facing numerous problems and serious challenges. To get out of this crisis, public awareness, struggle against unpleasant cultures and traditions, professional capacity building for women journalists and support from government departments are the approaches that can help women journalists and improvement of their work.
Reported by: Asia Wardak
Edited by: Center for Protection of Afghan Women Journalists