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Women’s media activity at low ebb in Faryab

KABUL: Women journalists are rarely seen in the media outlets in northern province of Faryab, fragile security situation and lack of support for them are called as main elements.

There are only three women working with the media in Faryab, according to provincial journalists’ association.

Sharifa Ahadi, one of the ladies working for the local radio channel, says her interest in journalism encouraged her to work for the broadcaster, while other women interested in reporting, cannot join media due to insecurity, old traditions dominant in society and people’s negative viewpoints for women’s social activities.

“Insecurity, old unpleasant traditions and harassments are the reasons ban women from becoming journalists,” Ms. Ahadi said Tuesday.

Separately, Qotbuddin Kohi, head of journalists association in Faryab says that there are dozens of girls graduated from journalism department of different universities there, but cannot work as journalists because of security situation. He added that nobody had worked to help women journalists in the province for improve the situation.

Mr. Kohi said two radio stations have broadcasting in Faryab province, but these stations are run by men due to lack of women personnel.

“Ladies have poor presence in the Faryab media outlets. Scores of girls have graduated from journalism faculties, but are in their houses because of high security threats. Ladies do not feel safe and nobody supports them. We have two radio channels in the province but they are run by men,” said Kohi, who added that only the state-run TV has broadcasts in the entire province.

There were 10 radio channels in Faryab province in the past, but half of them stopped broadcasting due to worsening security and cut of financial support.

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