March 12, 2019
KABUL – The Center for Protection of Afghan Women Journalists (CPAWJ) marked its second anniversary of activities by holding a news conference with the presence of First Lady H.E. Rula Ghani, acting information and culture minister Hasina Safi, government officials, civil society activists, journalists and a number of women.
During the news conference and at the eve of International Women’s Day which coincided with the CPAWJ’s second anniversary, the center acclaimed three women journalists for their hard work on reporting and struggling for freedom of speech by presenting them icons.
Her Excellency First Lady praised the center’s activities, calling freedom of speech and freedom of media as the most important achievements the government has gained in the past years. She added that no move could affect position of journalists especially women journalists. “No peace will come to Afghanistan if women are not behind the negotiation tables and their views are not heard,” said the First Lady.
Acting minister for information and culture, Hasina Safi, promised that women’s achievements on culture and media would not be ignored in the peace talks. She mentioned the ministry of culture’s activities, saying that they had held consultative meetings with 606 women journalists in 34 provinces, aiming to find and analyze the situation of women journalists and to seek resolves for the problems and challenges they are facing with.
Mr. Reza Moini, head of Reporters Without Borders’ (RSF) desk for Afghanistan and Iran, touched the problems before women journalists, emphasized that achievements gained by women’s sacrifices should not be ignored in the peace negotiations. He called all Afghan women and particularly women journalists who work in reporting as “heroes”.
Meanwhile, Ms. Farida Nekzad, Director of the CPAWJ shared the activities of the center in the last year with the participants, emphasizing that women’s presence in the peace process should be meaningful. “No negotiation is acceptable in the process without women’s presence,” she said.
The center applauded three women journalists (Khadija Mohammadi from Ghazni, Storai Karimi from Herat and Narges Horakhsh from Kabul) for their hard work in the crucial situation of reporting by presenting them icons.
The Center for Protection of Afghan Women Journalists was established on March 7, 2017 with the cooperation of the Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF), aiming to defend the rights of women journalists in Afghanistan.
Reported by: Beheshta Ayoubi
Edited by: Center for Protection of Afghan Women Journalists (CPAWJ)