Beauty should not be standard for female journalists, says Rula Ghani

Monitoring Desk

KABUL: First Lady Rula Ghani on Thursday asked media outlets not to employ female workers and journalists based on their physical attraction and youngness, but prioritize their qualification and abilities.

She was addressing the second anniversary ceremony of Women Journalists Support Center on the occasion of International Women’s Day in Kabul. Rula Ghani said, “We are aware that girls who do not have good physical appearance are denied job in most of media outlets.”

She said such treatment of women in the media would affect the process of spreading information to the public.

She said investigation about different issues would help curb corruption and investigative reports were an important part of journalism. Female journalists should boost their journalism capacity and should not worry about anything, she added.

Pointing to the peace process, Rula Ghani said women should not worry about peace negotiations as no peace could be established unless women had their part in sharing their views.

Hasina, acting information and culture minister, told the meeting that female journalists working in provinces faced major security challenges. She asked security organs to be attentive to the protection of journalists, particularly female media workers.

She expressed concern about unemployment of female journalists and asked media officials to prefer capacity and qualification of female workers instead of their beauty.

Safi said her ministry was preparing an action plan for journalists and had launched a survey to identify problems facing journalists across the country. She also asked all media outlets to respect laws, systems and policies related to female journalists.

Any concerns women journalists have about the peace process would be discussed on the negotiation table, Safi added.

Farida Nikzad, head of Women Journalists Support Center, presented a brief report of the center’s last year activities and said the organization was founded with the support of Reporters without Borders and a number of journalists in 2017.

She said the aim of the center was to improve capacity of female journalists, support them and defend the freedom of speech. (Pajhwok)