March 19, 2019
Findings of the Center for Protection of Afghan Women Journalists (CPAWJ) suggest that women journalists’ presence and activities in the media outlets have decreased by 60 per cent in the western Farah province compared to 2018.
The findings explain that there were 15 women working with the local media outlets last year, while the number has now fallen to only six and nine of them have quitted their jobs due to different reasons and problems.
Mina, one of these journalists who was previously working as a news anchor for a local media company and left her job, says: “One of the reasons made me to quit my job in a news outlet was old traditional beliefs dominant in my family and they also asked me not to continue my job as a reporter because of security problems,” she said. She believes that media companies have failed to provide a sound space for women journalists, therefore, people have a negative view to women who work with the media.
Ms. Mina said that she was not the sole journalist who left her job in the media, but several other ladies also quitted their jobs as journalists and media workers due to social and security problems.
Maryam is another lady who has lately left her job in the media. She calls unpleasant traditions in the society as the only obstacle before her work in the media. “Working in the media is very difficult for women and old traditions dominant in the families cause them not to let their daughters work with the media,” she said.
Ms. Maryam said that 80 per cent of families oppose with their daughters’ jobs in the media, and those ladies who work for the media are rebuked and verbally harassed by their neighbors and other people even their relatives. “Working in the media put a negative impact on the ladies’ position in the society and their personal relations.”
Meanwhile, head of journalists’ association in Farah province confirms challenges women reporters are facing with, saying that “unfortunately, unpleasant traditions and problems in the society prevent women from working outside home especially in the media.”
Women journalists are suffering from a negative view by the society in Farah province and need public awareness and more time solve these challenges.
Farah is a remote province in the west part of the country with a volatile security situation. But still a number of radio and TV broadcasters as well as print media are active there challenging insecurity. But women make a poor presence in the media there.
Reported by: Parisa Zamani
Edited by: Center for Protection of Afghan Women Journalists