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No female journalist in Khost’s 1.5m population

No female journalist in Khost’s 1.5m population

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Mar 06, 2019 - 22:45

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): There is no female journalist in southeastern Khost province among its 1.5 million population, officials said Wednesday.

The state-run Radio Television Afghanistaninfo-icon is among five television channels that produce their programs in Khost province besides a dozen radios but none have a female journalist.

Womeninfo-icon civil societyinfo-icon activists and media persons believe cultural restrictions, gender discrimination and lack of family support are preventing women from working in the media.

They say women’s difficulties in Khost remain unanswered because there is no female journalist to highlight their plight.

Palwasha, director of the Gender Department at the Sheikh Zayed University, told a gathering in Khost City that most of the educated women and girls were interested to work in media but inappropriate culture prevented them from doing so.

She said, “Women make half of our society, they face many problems and issues which men cannot address. Only female journalists can better raise such issues in a proper way, but we don’t have a single female journalist throughout the province.”

Meanwhile, Amanullah Haqmal, director of a local radio Ghag, told Pajhwok Afghan News that besides cultural barriers lack of capabilities also contributed to the lack of female journalist in the province.

He said if the government and non-governmental organizations launched training programs for female journalists, the move would help resolve the issue.

Saifullah Hayat, the Journalist Safety Committee head for the southeastern zone, also confirmed there was no female journalist in Khost and urged local officials and families to allow their women to work with confidence in the media field.

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