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Media Support Organizations helpful for women journalists

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Media Support Organizations helpful for women journalists

On the advent of the World Press Day, she asked the women and girls to study hard to work for their country’s future as the society needs them.

 Afghan women journalists support society since getting operational in 2003 has done much for the capacity building of the women journalists in the country, its director said.
In a brief interview with The Kabul Times, Shafiqa Habibi, the director of the Afghan Women Journalists Support Society said her entity with 450 staff (all female) is the first women journalist support that has tried to do more for their capacity building through holding workshops in 16 provinces of Afghanistan.
“We held ten workshops for them to address the problems of women journalists, whoever secured contacts with the entity in the country’s 16 provinces with the organization’s agencies,” said Mrs. Habibi adding capacity building of the women journalists was one of the priority of her led organization in the center and provinces of the country.

“Two main objectives – supporting women rights and capacity building for female journalists were the key priorities, the society is set to carry out,” she said.
She added women journalists, working in the provinces have more problems than those in the capital, as they can access to information from the provincial governors and other local governments officials.
They are also critically facing security threat in the provinces, she said.
According to her, the organization has membership from many newswomen and that no entity had so far cooperated with it.
No female journalists have activity in the some provinces like Ghor, Badghis and Samangan, however in Kandahar, only four women are media activists.
She asked the government for cooperation to improve the capacity of the women journalists and help women take part in the society alongside men.
On the advent of the World Press Day, she asked the women and girls to study hard to work for their country’s future as the society needs them.
Meantime, Sardar Mohammad a newspaper vendor said he sell books and newspapers  in Timurshahi area of Kabul City, since more than 40 years and have contracts with some organizations and government institutions, alongside having tens of customers.
“I sell government dailies in 7 afghanis, but private papers in 10 to 20. 
I had good income from my work, but, after the people access to internet, our income reduced,” said Sardar Mohammad. He asked the media owners to reduce the price of their papers for the students, to help them get access to media and information.