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Afghan female journalists face unemployment and information barriers

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati
Press Conference of the Afghan Women Journalists Association in Kabul/Photo/Khaama Press.

An organization known as the “Afghan Women Journalists Association” has released the findings of their survey on the status of female journalists in Afghanistan over the past two years. According to the report, the majority of women journalists have become housebound during this period.

According to officials from this organization, more than 200 female journalists and media personnel from both the capital and the provinces participated in this survey. They were asked about the challenges they have faced in relation to the recent changes that have occurred in the past two years, providing insights into the current status of women journalists and potential solutions to overcome these challenges.

The results of the Afghan Women Journalists Association’s survey were announced during a press conference in Kabul on Sunday. According to Mina Habib, a representative of the organization, the presence of female journalists in the media has significantly declined following the collapse of the Republic system. She noted, “Most female journalists have become housebound, and some have even left the country.”

According to the survey conducted by this organization, 45% of female journalists have identified unemployment as their most significant challenge in continuing their work, with 5% of them citing poverty as a concern.

The survey also highlighted that 10% of female journalists consider lack of access to information as a serious obstacle, while 7% of female media employees have expressed concerns about job insecurity and personal safety.

Hajar Jafari, a reporter for a private radio station in Kabul, states that the major challenge for female journalists is the lack of access to information. She also emphasizes that members of the Taliban administration often prevent the presence of journalists at press conferences.

According to the survey conducted by this organization, 2% of journalists consider wearing a mask to be a hindrance to their media work. Additionally, there have been reports of mistreatment of female journalists by the Taliban.

Majabin Salar, another journalist in Kabul, views wearing a mask during event coverage as a mandatory requirement imposed by the Taliban and finds it uncomfortable.

While this organization has not provided details about the methodology of conducting this survey and data collection, the Reporters Without Borders organization stated in its latest report that following the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, 86% of female journalists lost their jobs.

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