Kunduz insecurity forces cut in number of women mediaworkers
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Officials of some media outlets in northern Kunduz said on Saturday women’srole in news organisations had diminished after the provincial capital’s fall to the Taliban some months back.
They say women, who are palpably concerned about the law and order situation, tend to eschew participating in radio programmes or other media-related activities in the provincial capital.
Chiragh, Zahra, Shaista and Paiman radiostations broadcast programmes about women and the issues being faced by them.Malalai Yousafi, head of Radio Chiragh, said women could not venture out of home to work for the media.
The security environment is too grim to let females work as media professionals in the province. She told Pajhwok Afghan News that women’s participation in media affairs had become minimal due to growing insecurity.
She said some families were more cautious about their female members working in offices and media organisations after the Taliban issued warnings to them. And that is why most parents do not allow their daughters to work.
She said around 15 females were earlier associated with different programmes of Chiragh Radio. Now its strength has declined to six -- three women.
Mrs. Yousafi asked the government to play a proactive role in ensuring the safety of women so as to enable them to resume their jobs.
Zarghona Hassan, head of Radio Kihan, said as many as 35 females used to work for Kihan Radio, where the number of her female employees had declined to three.
She warned if the government did not paydue attention to dealing with the security challenge, achievements of the past 14 years would go in vain and women might once again be confined to their homes.
Another radio station is called Roshni, where men and women worked together until recently. The number of its female workers has come down to two from 15 -- just one instance of women’s shrinking role in the media.
Obaidullah Niazi, director of information and culture, describe the role of women as vital in every sphere of the life, but their part in media was all the more important.
He said: “There is no doubt war and violence was affecting women’s presence in media.Media equipment was looted and most workers have shifted to other provinces after the Taliban’s capture of the city.”
Niazi warned if threats to journalist, especially to women, persisted, the problem would become graver and women would be deprived of working other departments as well.
The director urged the government to createa peaceful environment for journalist, women and other government officialsto continue their activities without any threat.
But the police chief, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Qasim Jangal Bagh, said they were taking all possible steps to secure media outlets and were prepared to provide two policemen to guard media offices.
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