January, 02, 2019
Women journalists in the western province of Farah are unable to go to fields and prepare reports dues to many problems such as insecurity, dominant traditions, social problems and lack of government support for them.
Producing news and reports is a main part of journalism, but in Farah province no lady has the chance of doing professional reporting and no woman has yet been able to go out for reporting.
Women journalists blame the government and media supporting organizations for being careless in the importance of their work as reporters.
Susan Samimi, a lady who has been long busy working with the media in Farah province, says there are several reasons behind women’s reporting activities like: old traditions, mistrust in ladies’ work ability, government’s carelessness to them and lack of safety and security. She added that no woman is ready to work with the media despite being the existence of several news outlets in the province.
Neda Andisha, another journalist in Farah province says less attention by media runners to women journalists, insecurity and gender discrimination against the ladies are the reasons that bars them from working in the media. She also says that no woman is working with the media and the media owners do not care it.
She adds that women journalists are humiliated when they try to go out for preparing reports due to gender discrimination. Women journalists do not have life safety and are not respected, according to Miss. Andisha.
Abdul Ghani Piroz, head of the Radio Faryad, a local broadcaster says it is difficult for women to work in the media outlets considering the mentioned problems. Security threats and lack of job safety are the most problems for women who want to work with the media, he said.
He asked the ladies to fight for removing the challenges, build trust and show their capabilities off to open their ways in the media.
Wahid Sokoot, head of journalists’ committee called Farah an insecure province with reporters being faced security threats. Despite this, he said that situation had improved for women journalists in the province compared to previous years. The society’s view is better for women journalists, according to Sokoot, who added it would take more time that society accepts women going out to prepare reports.
People in the province do not want to accept that women work as journalists due to the little number of them as well as a dual viewpoint dominant in the society.
Reported by: Parisa Zamani
Edited by: Center for Protection of Afghan Women Journalists