December 13, 2018
KABUL – On August 14, the Center for Protection of Afghan Women Journalists (CPAWJ) announced the charter for harassment prohibition of women journalists’ promotion through a news conference covered by several media outlets.
Government officials such as Sayed Aqa Hossain Fazel Sangcharaki deputy information and culture minister for publication and Ms. Monira Yousufzada deputy Kabul provincial governor as well as journalists including Khoshhal Asefi head of Ariana TV Monir Mehraban, in charge of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), Abdullah Azad Khenjani head of TV1 and Lotfullah Najafizada head of the MOBI news group endorsed the charter and expressed their support for that.
While the campaign is continuing, a great number of other journalists and media runners from the capital and provinces signed the charter and promised to implement its instructions in their respective companies.
In its continuing campaigns on charter for prohibition of harassment of women working in media outlets, the Center launched another one titled ‘Vote for candidates who support the rights of women journalists on September 26, with the aim of further supporting and defending the rights of woman journalists.
This campaign was launched to help women enjoy more their rights of attending the October 20th legislative election and to support those men and women candidates who defend women’s rights in general and the rights of female journalists in particular.
As the campaign goes on to support woman journalists, nearly 100 parliament candidates from eight provinces including Kabul have joined the campaign, promising to support and defend women’s rights and particularly the rights of female journalists once they were elected as the people’s representatives in the parliament.
This was not the end of support for the campaign, recently more than 100 journalists from Kabul and provinces joined it by signing the slogan: ‘we vote for candidates who support the rights of woman journalists’.
Such campaign is an important step taken to help women take part in management and making decision. The situation of media outlets and reporters is nowadays a matter of concern. Lack of life and job security, gender discrimination, economic problems and social challenges are the issues that make obstacles before women’s work in the media and cause them leave their work as journalists.
The charter and campaigns launched for that are warmly welcomed by people, civil society and journalists especially women journalists, who have more expectations from the Center to continue making such positive steps in the improvement of their rights and conditions in media outlets.
The Center for Protection of Afghan Women Journalists is a non-government and independent body that works to support and defend the rights of female journalists.