March 17, 2019
Gender discrimination and lack of trust by the media owners to the work of women journalists in the western province of Herat are hindering their activities in the knowledge-loving province.
In exclusive interviews with the Center for Protection of Afghan Women Journalists (CPAWJ), some of the women journalists spoke about challenges they are facing, saying that lack of gender equality has caused they play less role in the media outlets.
Soudaba Ahrari who works as a reporter with a local news outlet in Herat province calls gender discrimination, little payment and lack of trust by the media runners as major elements that weaken women’s roles in reporting and working.
She also criticized negative views by public to women working in the media, saying this discourages ladies from serving as journalists and most of them prefer working in government bodies instead of media.
“We need to hold awareness programs for the media runners over gender observation so that they trust in the ability of women journalists,” said Marzia Ebrahimi, another lady working for a local media as journalist.
The representative of Center for Afghan Journalists in Herat says that economic problems and a dominant traditional society cause lack of gender equality in the local media outlets.
Pedram Qazizada, the representative of Center for Afghan Journalists in the province, said that economic problems in the local media make media runners to employ men instead of women in their companies to work in technical and producing the programs besides reporting.
Qazizada added that the old traditional society makes women journalists prefer office works instead of going out for reporting.
But media runners reject problems women are facing with, saying that there is no gender discrimination in the media companies in Herat province.
Hekmat Hemmat, head of the Radio Mojda (Good news), a local broadcasting in the province said that women have more capabilities and feel responsibility more than men in the media.
“But they do not want to work in the media because they are interested in work inside the offices rather than going out for reporting,” said Hemmat.
The issue of women’s less presence in the media companies comes while they frequently complain of problems and challenges they are facing, but the problems and challenges are still existing.
Reporting by: Massouma Haidari
Editing by: Center for Protection of Afghan Women Journalists