April 09, 2019
Women journalists’ presence and activities in media has recently decreased by 30 per cent in Ghazni province, with old traditions dominant in the society, inadequate payments, dual and discriminatory treatments from media runners with them, street harassments and lack job opportunities are called as the main reasons discouraging them of continuing work, in addition to war and security problems.
The findings of the Center for Protection of Afghan Women Journalists (CPAWJ) explain that the number of women working with the media in Ghazni province has had more than 30 per cent compared to the past year. The findings say that five out of 15 women who were working as journalists in Ghazni have quitted their jobs this year.
Zahra Noori, who has recently left her job as a journalist, says that the situation for female reporters had worsened in Ghazni. Lack of enough salary, dual and discriminatory behavior from media runners against women, street harassments and lack of work opportunities made Ms. Noori leave her job, according to herself.
Zainab is another lady who has quit her job in the media, also says that besides war, insecurity and life threats against women journalists, media owners’ dual and discriminatory treatments against women journalists were the elements that they leave their jobs in the media companies.
“Some of women journalists are dismissed by the media owners without any reasons. This is another reason that has caused decrease in women journalists’ presence in media outlets,” she said.
The media runners accept decrease of the number of women journalists, saying that several different reasons are behind it.
Nasir Ahmad Bayan, head of the state-run radio and television (RTA) bureau in Ghazni says that those ladies who were dismissed in their company, were attending cultural and news programs without permission from their seniors.
Farid Omari, head of Ghaznavian TV and Omid Azimi, head of Radio Sama both in Ghazni province, confirmed the problems woman journalists are facing. They called lack of enough financial sources for payment as the basic reason of firing women journalists. They also said that a number of women journalists left their jobs and were not fired by their companies.
Jamila Waqar, head of the committee for journalists’ safety in Ghazni province, confirmed problems journalists are facing with, and said that the decrease in women journalists’ number in the media outlets was a matter of concern for the media supporting bodies. She promised to more cooperate with women journalists for their life and job safeties. Ms. Waqar warned against more decrease in the number of women journalists in Ghazni if they are not supported by the government and media supporting agencies.
The problems are explained while five women journalists lost and left their jobs within a year in Ghazni province. Now, 10 women are working as journalists in Ghazni province that the number is weak compared to the previous years.
A report released by the Center for Protection of Afghan Women Journalists (CPAWJ) in March 2018, read the exact of women journalists working for different media companies across the country. The report says increasing war and insecurity as the main reason that discouraged women from working with media.
Reported by: Khadija Ashrafi
Edited by: Center for Protection of Afghan Women Journalists (CPAWJ)