FNJ demands promotion of female journos

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

May 22, 2014-

The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) has drawn the government’s attention towards formulation of positive discrimination policy to ensure increased involvement and promotion of working environment conducive for women journalists in the country.

Releasing the 11-point Kathmandu Declaration on the concluding day of the two-day national workshop on ‘Professional and Physical Security of Women Journalists’ on Thursday, the FNJ urged all media houses to create positive and favourable environment for women journalists and make the newsroom gender-friendly.

The two-day conference was attended by more than 80 female journalists from across the country. The declaration also calls for effective implementation of Working Journalist Act 1992 and include necessary amendments to ensure gender-friendly policies and programmes and guarantee social security of female journalists. Similarly, the declaration has also demanded that the government endorse directives to make media institutions gender-friendly at the earliest.

The FNJ also demanded certain provisions, including vehicle services for night shift works, three-month pregnancy leave, establishment of child care centre within media institutions and separate toilets for female journalists. In its press statement, the FNJ has stated that despite development and expansion of media in the country, the professional and physical security of working journalists, particularly women, is still in poor state. During the conference, journalists demanded new policy to ensure participation of women in the editorial and policy-making roles in media institutions.

 

Published: 23-05-2014 08:42

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