April 17, 2019
FARAH CITY – A number of women reporters in the western province of Farah complain for the lack of training courses, saying lack of their access to such programs has caused ladies have less presence in the media.
Fatemah Hojb who is working for a local media company, confirms this and says that there are many more challenges before women reporters. But she adds that despite the challenges, ladies get more interests in working with media, but their unprofessionalism hampers them to have proper activity in media outlets. According to Ms. Hojb, most of ladies working with the media, are inexperienced and lack professional evidences, so they only run entertainment programs.
“Professional training programs for women journalists helps them learn more skills and puts a positive impact on their job future,” Ms. Hojb said.
Mahsa Mohammadi is another lady who works in a media company in Farah. She says that women reporters cannot work professionally in Farah media outlets. Ms. Mohammadi suggests that women journalists need several training programs in Farah that should be held.
Shabnam Fetrat, a civil society and women’s rights activist in the province, also confirms lack of training programs and education opportunities for women journalists, saying that Farah is “an insecure province and women’s condition has not improved. She added that women reporters severely need training programs, because they have not been able to get access to professional education opportunities.
“Women journalists have less access to training courses because there are few programs for them in Farah province, while such courses are very important female reporters,” Ms. Fetrat said.
Meanwhile, Benyamin Barez, head of provincial department of information and culture, calls lower professional capacity as one of the reasons of women’s poor activity in the media. He says that the ministry of information and culture with the cooperation of media supporting agencies has frequently worked in capacity building for journalists in general and women reporters in particular.
“The provincial information and culture department also emphasizes on professionalism of journalists, as we held a workshop under the title of basis of journalism for 18 journalists with the help of the NAI media supporting agency,” Mr. Barez said.
Professional and training capacity for women journalists is at lower level in Farah province and they need more training programs.
Reported by: Parisa Zamani
Edited by: Center for Protection of Afghan Women Journalists (CPAWJ)