December, 10, 2018
Women journalists in the western province of Herat say that old dominant traditions and lack of government and sports in charges have caused ladies get less interest in reporting about sports events.
Reporting from sports activities is a most exciting part in journalism, but no woman journalist is professionally involved in reporting about sports and women reporters are less interested in this part.
Storay Karimi who has been working with media in Herat for 14 years, says that lack of attention by government and media runners made ladies get fewer interest in sports events reporting.
She said that old traditions and lack of income from sports reporting have made media runners not to show interest in reporting from sports matches and developments.
“Reporting from sports events is a new work in Afghanistan and it is not institutionalized yet that women journalists go to the fields and prepare reports about the sports events. Our people need more time to approach this matter,” said Ms. Karimi.
Maleka Mahmoodzada is another journalist in Herat who also believes that traditional society beside lack of attention by higher education institutions to sports are the reasons that have discouraged women journalists to work on sports reporting. There is not even a subject in the faculty of journalism taught on sports reporting, Ms. Mahmoodzada said.
“If media runners and the media defending bodies support women journalists in sports reporting, we will be witnessing a growth of sports reporting by women,” she said.
Shafiqa Khajazada, lecturer in the faculty of journalism, believes that women’s little information of sports and lack of a sports reporting subject in the faculty are the main reasons of women’s disinterest in writing about sports.
“We plan to add a subject on sports in the curriculum of faculty of journalism in Herat university besides political and economic subject. This will help those students interested in sports reporting become professional sports reporters.”
The federation of sports journalists also says about efforts to include a sports writing subject for women journalists.
Firoz Mashoof, head of the federation’s branch in Herat, says lack of women’s awareness of sports was the reason they get not interest in this field of reporting. “As each field of sport has its own laws, women journalists who want to work on sports, need to learn these laws to become professional sports journalists,” he said.
Mashoof added that women’s presence in sports journalism will pave the ground for their further sports activities.
There are several radio channels, TV broadcasters and print media in Herat province with women journalists, but no woman journalist is busy in covering sports events.
Reported by: Masoumah Haidari
Edited by: Center for Protection of Afghan Women Journalists